Being a freshman in university is nerve wracking. Being a freshman on the first day of university classes, probably even more. And to be honest, freshmen are usually easy to spot on campus. With their astonished looks, campus maps in hand and full backpacks, it’s almost impossible to miss them. No worries freshmen, we’ve been there and we’ve done that. I’m here to share with you my 5 tips to prep your first day of university.
Do a campus tour before hand. Once you get your schedule, you’re most likely to also get your class locations. Campus is opened a few weeks before school starts, so head out and do a campus tour with or without a guide. The perks of having a guide is that they’ll give you some history on the place and also where students tend to hang out. They’ll also show you all the safety features on campus as well as the gym facilities. The thing is you may not be able to get a private tour, so having them take you from one class to the other might be tricky, but you can always do that after your main tour. Make sure to add the school cafeteria and library on your tour to-view list cause they may be places where you spend a lot of your time. Having done this will save you a bunch of time on the day of and you’ll even be able to help out the other freshmen that seem a little lost.
Get your textbooks. This one might be tricky. A lot of people will tell you to wait and see what the prof says on the first day in case there’s a change, which I do think is very valuable information, especially for some classes like law classes. However, there are other classes such as language classes that usually don’t get different editions a few times a year and those are safe to get in advance. Or any prof that asks you to have a specific reading done by the first day (then I’d definitely get the book and have that chapter read.)
Get your student & transit pass. SKIP THE LINES. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll already be waiting a stupid amount of time waiting for your textbooks (unless you got them online) so seriously, avoid these if you can. Most universities offer appointments to get these, so make one! And don’t forget all the required documents needed to obtain both of these very important cards.
Attend Frosh Week. This is the time that you’ll be making the most friends for your entire university years. Granted, you’ll most likely be making new ones throughout, but since the frosh week freshmen are divided by faculties, it’s clear you’ll actually be surrounded with people that at least have a few things in common with you. You don’t have to attend all of the activities, but try and participate to as many as you can. You’ll get to meet great people and do some networking.
Don’t overload your backpack. Only bring the necessities. These include your notebook and pencil case or laptop (depending on what you will take notes with), your day’s textbooks and your lunch. No need for those 2” binders right away.
Hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org