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How to be prepared for Your First Day of College

Posted by Alexis Frutos

The first day of college can be intimidating. As a new college student, you may overwhelm yourself making sure you have every color pen, highlighter, sticky note and folder but miss out on other important things. As your college insider, I want to share some things you will need to be prepared for the first day of class.

  • Print your class syllabus.

A syllabus is a guide for both you and your professor that has the entire class planned out with due dates, readings, and overall what you’ll be learning throughout the semester or quarter.For your first day of class, a significant amount of time is spent going over expectations presented on the syllabus. To prepare for this, professors will usually email it to you a few weeks early which brings me to my next point.

  • Check that email like it’s 1998.

Professors use email the most to communicate with students, even before class starts. Sometimes (not always) professors will ask you to read the introduction or first chapter of a textbook. So don’t put away those shiny new highlighters and colorful sticky notes because you might need them.

  • Be prepared to sit through a lecture.

This tip is tentative because not all professors lecture the first day but a lot of them do. And as a student, you should always go to class expecting to learn something new.


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