August 26, 2013

College Bound: how to have the best first week

Happy Monday, y'all! Or happy back to school for me.
When did I become a sophomore? Like this is actually depressing me - I gave a tour this afternoon and practically cried when walking around my old building. Not that I don't love my apartment - I do, it's just that there are so many memories in my old room! :(

Well, I was in my math class this morning and realized how many freshman there were in my class. The Class of 2017 is one of the biggest classes they've admitted to QU so they're everywhere! So to help y'all out.. here are 5 steps to having the best first day and first week of college.. ever.

Take it from me - I'm a sophomore now. Scaaaarrrryyy! 

(me.. having my best day ever. ©Teresa Sabga Photography)

1) Dress for Success:Don't roll out of bed looking like a wreck for your first week of classes, and on the other hand, don't have your butt hanging out of your shorts looking like you're going to a party. These Professors are professionals in your field, and have jobs, positions and experience that you want to have in your future, so try to impress them - at least for the first week. My go-to outfit for the first day of classes is a cute shirt, jeans and sandals. Casual but still respectful when talking to professors and faculty that have PHDs. First impressions mean everything..

2) Sport Comfortable Shoes:Just because you're not wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt doesn't mean you can't have comfort. Wearing comfortable shoes, especially during your first week of school, is highly recommended because the last thing you want is blisters or pain when you're walking around campus trying to find your classes and explore your new home. A comfy pair of Sperry's or sandals would be a great choice here, they're both cute but comfy.

3) Be Prepared:Before your classes, order your books (you can read about how I save money on textbooks here), re-rorganize your notebooks and stationery and make sure your laptop is charged. The last thing you want is to be in a class and not be able to do something because you didn't bring your notebook, laptop or textbook. You can email the professor in advance and tell them if your books aren't in yet, or ask what books you'll need to bring with you, and that helps when organizing everything.

4) Read Your Syllabus:They call it syllabus week for a reason: you have to read your syllabus! Reading your syllabus gives you a good idea of what workload is expected of you for each class you have, and it often breaks down when exams and tests will be, what percentage of your grade comes from homework, and outlines how many times you're allowed to skip class or take a sick day without being penalized. Sometimes, going through the syllabus during the first week (which is add/drop week) is helpful so you can get an idea of if you'll enjoy or do well in the class - if you figure it out sooner, you can drop it sooner without having to withdraw or lose money and credits.

5) Note Important Dates in Class:Reading your syllabus and going to your classes during the first week is really important because often times Professors give you insight into dates that your midterm, final and other tests will be held. You can even get homework during the first week, so it's important to sit down with a planner or calendar and note important dates so you won't forget them and won't ever be unprepared.

If you do all of these, your first week and hopefully your first semester will fly by. Good luck with your first week! 

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Thanks for stopping by today :) Hope you have a great first week!

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  1. I totally agree with you tips for the first week of school. There all things that I do and I hope that freshmen who read this post will take your advice.


  2. Thanks for stopping by, Emma :)


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