First Week of School Tips

“Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.”

– Dana Scott

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This week happens to be my first week in college and that’s pretty scary because the campus is so much bigger and I don’t really have any friends. It’s also just a different experience. So, here are my tips for the first week of school to make a beautiful school year.

1. Find all of your classrooms

I would suggest getting to the campus super early on the first day of class and go to every single building and get familiar with it. I know that a lot of people want to get dressed up for the first day of school, but with a large campus, I would suggest wearing comfortable clothing that you can walk in, and get familiar with every single building you have class in. This is so (1) you know where your classes are but also (2) you know what resources are in the buildings that you’ll be spending most of your time in. I would also suggest finding the bathroom closest to every one of your classes.

2. Find a spot where you can be during your free time

I find this step really important. You can spend your time in the library, in a café, or in general student areas. This is mostly so you know where you would like to study and hang out during your free time. Find areas that are comfortable to you and where there are resources that you need. Also, I would find a place that is fairly common so that if and when you make friends you can study and hang out with them.

3. Make a block/study schedule

This is going to be really useful mostly in the middle of the semester, but it’s good to get into any habits at the beginning of the semester. I have all of this information actively in my calendar so that I can see what I need to be doing at what time. Now, sometimes I won’t actually do what I planned on doing. For example, if I were sticking to my schedule, I would be at the gym working out right now, but instead I’m awkwardly sitting in this café thing writing this post because I don’t want to walk all the way across campus in these jeans that don’t really fit me, but I have an idea of when I want to be where at what time, which is the important part. If you don’t know how to make a block schedule, here is the blog post that I used to figure that out.

4. Meet all your teachers and the people sitting next to you

This one is kind of a no brainer, but it’s still really important for the first week of school. Know your teachers and advisors and their office hours so that you know when are where your teachers/advisors are available when you need them. You should also know the people who sit next to you, or at least two people in the class, so that if you are absent, you can get notes as well as assignments that you may have missed. You can also ask if they want to make a group document on google or something similar so that every one can take notes and ask questions, etc.. It’s kind of like a long distance study group.

5. Make a morning routine

I find this really important, especially if you have to be at your classes quite early in the morning. Now, my earliest class doesn’t start until about 10am, but I get to school at around 8am because that’s when my sister has school. So, I have 2-3 hours to do things before school. I also try to wake up at 4am to do yoga, bible reading, and have plenty of time to get ready for school. This is really important so that you can take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually before you make your commute to school.

6. Get ideas from various food vendors

Yesterday, I learned that food/drinks on campus are outrageously expensive. I paid $5 for a small coffee and another $5 for a really simple (and small) turkey sandwich. That was not fun. Today, I remembered ideas that I saw from the vendors on campus and I made my own coffee and tomorrow I’ll be making my own lunch (because I’m not on campus all day today). This is much better for your wallet. You can still make food and drinks that taste really good, but you don’t have to buy it for $5 a piece.

Well, those are my tips for the first week of school. I really hope it was helpful.

Lots of Love,

Meghan ❤

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