Hi, friends! It’s almost time for classes to start again! I’m both nervous and excited for this upcoming semester. For many students, the first week of school is hectic, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The best way to have a smooth first week of school is to be prepared. Doing these five things beforehand should save you lots of time, energy, and stress.
Buy basic supplies.
Buy notebooks, folders, pens, flashcards, highlighters, and anything else you think you might need. You’ll thank yourself on the first day of class when all your supplies are ready to go. Plus, shopping for school supplies is fun! (At least, it is for me.)The best way to have a smooth first week of school is to be prepared. Doing these five things beforehand should save you lots of time, energy, and stress. Click To Tweet
Get used to waking up on time.
Ease yourself back into the routine by waking up a few minutes earlier every day for 2 weeks until you reach your target wake up time. The best way to train yourself to wake up earlier is to set multiple alarms on your phone and to go to sleep earlier. For a period of time, I had an alarm on my phone that would tell me to go to sleep. It helped me keep track of time at night (because it’s WAY too easy to get caught blogging or Netflixing at 2AM). Because of this bedtime alarm, I went to bed at a decent time and it was easier for me to get up when my morning alarm went off.
If possible, visit campus beforehand.
Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the locations of your classes, dorm rooms, bathrooms/water fountains, and restaurants. Last semester, I spent a few minutes on the first day locating my classes. Those few minutes kept me from getting lost. There’s always that kid who comes in late because he/she was lost and couldn’t find the classroom. Don’t be that kid. It’s also not a bad idea to carry a map around in your binder (even if you don’t use it on the first day, you never know when it will come in handy).
Attend orientation and student organization fairs.
You never know what you’ll find on campus. Signing up for extracurricular activities will help you meet people with similar interests (maybe even outside your major!) and they’re great resume builders, too.
Look up the class syllabus online.
If you look up your class’s syllabus online, you’ll most likely find last semester’s syllabus. Although it’s outdated, it will still be helpful. It will let you know what to expect from the class and the professor. Bonus: you’ll know what chapters will be covered in class, so you can get ahead on the readings starting now! This way, you won’t go to class on the first day totally confused.
How are you preparing for the coming semester?