How to Rock Your First Week of College


Work, College / Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Reading Time: 5 minutes

It’s your first week of college and you’re ready to hit the ground running. Your itching to get started rocking your college career. But how can you do it? 

College is right around the corner and if you’re brand new to campus, you’re probably itching to rock your first week on campus. But what do you do? How do you stand out?

There are a ton of things to think about when it comes to college and the challenge can be figuring out where to get started. Do you focus on making friends? Get the lay of the land on your schedule? Or do you want to get on the good side of your professors?

If you’re aiming to rock your first week of college, here are my tips and tricks to get started:

Decide who you want to be in college

If there’s one thing I remember from my first week of college it was that in almost every class you had to introduce yourself. And for a freshman student, whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, this can be nervewracking.

I should note that I went to a college with smaller class sizes. There were no 100+ student lectures or class crowds to get lost in. But even if you’re attending a larger college, you will still have to introduce yourself in groups and other situations, so this advice stands either way.

So what does deciding what you want to be in college means? It simply means figuring out what you want to share with someone about yourself. 

If you’re wanting to rock your first week of college, I highly recommend coming up with a quick elevator pitch for yourself that you can share with the class. This will help you edit what you want to say while ensuring you’re covering your basis. 

Introduce yourself to your instructors

Your instructors and professors are vital to your college career. If you want to rock your first week of college quickly introducing yourself to your instructors can go a long way to establishing your presence in college.

This is especially important if you do have 100+ student lectures in your class load. But even if you did introduce yourself to the entire class, I still recommend shaking your professor’s hand before you head out.

Professors see hundreds of students a day. The mark hundreds of papers. And they see plenty of assignments. So putting a face to a name can go a long way towards building rapport. 

Attend orientation opportunities

There are so many orientation activities that take place during the first week of school and you’re probably wondering whether or not you should attend them. 

If this is your first time at college, I would highly recommend that you take advantage of orientation activity. Not necessarily because of the information (though that’s good too) but it’s a great place to meet new people.

Orientation activities are filled with other new students that are trying to get their footing. And if you’re looking to establish connections and learn about opportunities, then the orientation is a great place to do that.  

Read through ALL of your class syllabi 

The syllabus for your class is the roadmap to everything you’re going to learn and do. If you want to get a head start during your first week of college, I recommend reading through all of the syllabi you’re given.

Reading through a syllabus doesn’t take very long, but it does give you insight into what you’re going to be doing and learning during the semester. This can help you plan when you’re going to have to study harder or have breaks, as well.

Schedule out your semester

While you’re reading through your syllabus, it’s a good time to schedule out your semester. 

Take a day planner and pen in the dates of your assignment and tests of all of your classes. You’ll thank me for this later when you’re trying to figure out what else you have due when you’re pulling an all-nighter on a paper.

Take a walk around your campus

Getting a lay of the land when you get to college is a great idea. Sometime during your first week, I would highly recommend taking a walk around campus and figuring out where everything is.

If you don’t want to walk the whole campus, at the very least find the best route to all of your classes, the student health centre, administration offices, and any other relevant place. 

Knowing where you’re going will go a long way to making your on-campus life more enjoyable, and will make sure you’re (hopefully) not rushing to class at the last minute.

Get your books and supplies

My last piece of advice for rocking your first week of college is to get your books and supplies as soon as you can. 

It’s incredibly challenging to go through a few weeks of college, sans textbook. And while it does happen occasionally when books come in late, you’ll want to avoid it, if possible.

 So do yourself a favour, whenever possible, grab your textbook as early as you can. 

Relax!

Yes, the first week of college is important, but it’s supposed to be a fun time where you can get to know yourself and get started on building your future.

So, as much as you want to get off on the right foot, it’s important to take it slow and relax. One of the best things you can do to rock your first week in college is to have fun and relax.

Don’t try to accomplish everything in your first week. It just won’t happen and you could risk overwhelming yourself.

What are your tips and tricks for having a great first week of college? Share them in the comments below!

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