The summer before I started college, I was fortunate enough to catch up with some of my older friends who had already completed their freshman year of college. While playing some pickup basketball, they gave me a few tips to help me understand the importance of the first day of college classes and what I could do to prepare myself to succeed throughout my courses.
I moved into my dorm about three days before classes started. I enjoyed hanging out with all of my new roommates but I was also very anxious for classes to start. I wondered to myself if I was academically ready for college and how I compared to the other students.
Needless to say, the night before the first day of classes I was very restless. The next morning I woke up very early and I made sure to follow my friends’ advice to show up to class a few minutes early. Showing up early allowed me to get a seat close to the front of the classroom and have a quick chat with some of the other students.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but those fellow early birds were to become close friends of mine. It can often be challenging for students to meet new people on campus, and class is a great way to start! Having this group of friends came in handy because we were able to study for midterms and finals together, and when one of us missed a class, we could give that person the notes.
Once the teacher came, I made sure to follow my friends’ advice and annotate the syllabus that the teacher had handed out. I learned that the information on the syllabus is only an outline and that it is important to follow along with the teacher so that you can ask questions. Some of the questions I asked were regarding the professor’s office hours. Another question I asked regarded the textbooks that we would be using during the course.
Asking questions in class helped the professor remember me. It also established me as an active, engaged student. In college, when the professor knows your name it’s a good thing!
Looking back on my first day of college I can now laugh at how nervous I was for the first day of classes. I can honestly tell you that freshman year will be one of the best experiences of your life. Not only will you realize how prepared you actually are for college you may also accidentally stumble into a class that ends up helping you find your path in life!
So when the first day of college classes start, remember the importance of showing up early and asking questions. But most importantly, remember that the first day of classes is the start of a new adventure, in which you will learn new things and create amazing and lasting friendships with your classmates and professor.
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