10 Tips On Survivng Your First Week In College
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10 Tips On Survivng Your First Week In College

It's all about how you do the first week.

10 Tips On Survivng Your First Week In College
Anna Talcott

The first week of college gets easier and easier with time and experience, so here is some tips to those who are new to college or still dread the first week.

1.Show up for your classes

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It doesn’t matter how you do it or even if you accidentally run into three other classes by mistake on the way; just get there.

2.Be realistic about time

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Really think about how long it’s going to get you from one class to another. From personal experience the night before I went to the buildings to check out my classrooms and would time myself walking from one to another. Doing this also helps with avoiding going to the wrong class, or if you are me its just fate that it still happens to you.

3.Dress good feel good (sometimes)

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F27%2F6360785985212614722133734057_IMG_2952.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=905&h=de116b876982c7914556a187040c6977f565b98fb1f668dd6ce6082806918f3a&size=980x&c=2112489124 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F27%252F6360785985212614722133734057_IMG_2952.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D905%26h%3Dde116b876982c7914556a187040c6977f565b98fb1f668dd6ce6082806918f3a%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2112489124%22%7D" expand=1]In “college student” translation dress up for the first two days then lets forget about it. In all honesty I command those people that dress up all the time (silent golf clap).

4.Bring a Notebook

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F27%2F636078617980754404-749143107_200.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=362&h=807105df911e1e66d17cc44e9095780f209bef2b43ae4cb593733d054d3dec09&size=980x&c=24046511 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F27%252F636078617980754404-749143107_200.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D362%26h%3D807105df911e1e66d17cc44e9095780f209bef2b43ae4cb593733d054d3dec09%26size%3D980x%26c%3D24046511%22%7D" expand=1]So everyone is familiar with syllabus week which is really the first two days of classes where most professors hand out the syllabus read it over and discuss it then send you on your way. But sometimes that is not always the case, so bring a notebook and a pen because it is embarrassing to ask for paper and a pen on the first day.

5.Go to the on-campus events such as a club carnival

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Free food, free food and free Food (You’re welcome) also free pens and shirts just in case you forgot to pack those two things.

6.Get a routine

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7.Feed yourself

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8.Do not buy your textbooks before syllabus week

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F08%2F27%2F636078599239229861-407567740_IMG_1358.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=299&h=103816668401b93cef505bb903b5db4645a400205156847a6c6fce81b26721b0&size=980x&c=530638958 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F08%252F27%252F636078599239229861-407567740_IMG_1358.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D299%26h%3D103816668401b93cef505bb903b5db4645a400205156847a6c6fce81b26721b0%26size%3D980x%26c%3D530638958%22%7D" expand=1]Honestly, waiting after the first couple of classes to buy them is just the way to go because some professors will not use the books that the bookstore has posted for that specific class or will not even use the textbook. As I am writing this a few days before my first day, I just received a notification that my textbook for a class has changed, so do not be too anxious to spend $700 and wait.

9.Do not buy your textbooks at the school bookstore

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Sometimes you cannot help it, because the book your professor wants you to have is only specific to the bookstore. Other than that being a student you can get Amazon Prime free for up to 6 months in which they provide a good textbook renting system. Another good website is Chegg, so just shop around and save some money.

10. Meet new people

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