The first day of classes – especially for freshman – is filled with uncertainty. You don’t know if you’ll spend the first day with a full lecture or just a review of the syllabus, you don’t know how long it’ll take to get from one class to the next, and you don’t know whether or not you’ll love your professor. Regardless of the all uncertainties, there are some things you can be sure of – such as these necessary items to pack for your first day.
The first day of classes is when your professors will give you all the exam dates and assignments for the rest of the semester, so it’s best to be prepared with a planner. Planners are also a good place to jot down some of your fellow classmates’ emails or phone numbers, which may come in handy for future assignments.
You know what’s panic-worthy? When you’re about to head to your next class for the first time, and you realize you can’t remember what or where it even was. Until you get used to your new schedule, it’s best to have a copy of it with you so that you can reference it throughout the day.
Reusable Water Bottle
You might be on campus bouncing from class to class all day, so you don’t want to feel parched by time you reach your last class. Reusable water bottles are ideal for a day on campus, not only because they’re good for the environment, but also because you can keep refilling them instead of having to replace them throughout the day.
Nowadays, having your phone die on you feels like a complete crisis. If your schedule is filled with multiple classes, you won’t want to be stuck with a dead phone mid day. You also may need your phone to add some new contacts from your classes, so making sure your phone stays charged is actually important.
Nothing kills your first-day-of-class motivation like getting distracted by hunger. With a brand new schedule, you might not know when you’ll have time to grab lunch or dinner. Bringing some snacks that you can munch on throughout the day, such as granola bars, will keep your energy up and your mind sharp.
Do we even need to explain this? Don’t be that guy that needs to borrow a pen on the very first day of class. Be prepared the first day and you’ll set the tone for the rest of the semester.
Even if it’s nice outside, you never know how chilly your classroom might be. It’s a bit hard to stay focused on your professors when you can’t stop shivering. Throw a light sweatshirt in your bag – just in case!
Folder & Notebook
Folders are a MUST for the first day because your professors will be providing you with copies of your syllabus and other important resources. As for the notebook – even if you’re not expecting to get started on lessons the first day, it’s best to be prepared! Your professors also might provide you with important information about the course, so you’ll want to be able to jot that down somewhere.
With this survival kit, you’ll be fully prepared for the first day of classes. Make sure to share these tips with your friends so they can be stress-free on their first day as well!