18 Things You Should Definitely NOT Forget Your First Day Back To Class

18 Things You Should Definitely NOT Forget Your First Day Back To Class

That you more than likely will forget. At least once.

It's the first day back for many college students and in the rush to get there on time you may forget a few important items that will make your day run a bit smoother.

This article was inspired by the first thing on my list (because I seem to have remembered everything under the sun but something to use my pen on) so I figured why not make an interesting list of things that people should have on their first day back to school?

It may not be a long day for some, but for others forgetting some of these things could be the difference between life and (social) death.

1. Notebook

Because yes you will want to take notes and there may not be a place to set your computer.

2. Laptop

For note taking or working on homework between classes, it`s something you'll want to consider having to pass the time.

3. Phone

You'll get lost. Somehow you have to get to the next class.

4. Pencils/Pens

What good is paper without something to write on it with?

5. Backpack

I think this is a no brainer but if it were me I wouldn't want to be forced to carry everything in my arms.

6. Wallet

If you were planning on purchasing your books after class (when you find out if you'll really use that $200 book more than the first day), think again.

7. Paper

Even a couple pieces for when you're asked to write down your name and email so that the professor makes sure they have everyone accounted for.

8. Good answers for ice breakers

Because you don't want to be the most "boring person" in the room.

9. Keys

Can't get far without them.

10. ID card

Want to get back into your residence hall when you're finished with class for the day?

11. Food

You will get hungry, you won't want to use the vending machine every day.

12. Water

Keep yourself hydrated! Also helps calm the stomach when you're waiting for your next meal.

13. Coffee

When you have class eight to five and didn't go to sleep until one, you may need a little kick to get you through.

14. Folder

Keep yourself organized. Don't loose your syllabus the first day.

15. Summer homework

Because some people were unlucky enough to receive this and it would be a waste if you took the time to do it and forgot to turn it in.

16. Chargers

Don`t stress yourself out and run on 20% when your have a paper due at twelve and one page to go.

17. The right shoes

Depending on the size of your campus, heels may not be the best idea, I don't care how "comfy" they are.

18. Positive attitude

Go into each class with an open mind and maybe you'll find you like the material you wanted nothing to do with.

Remember this isn't just your first day back but also the first day for the person sitting next to you too. Smile. Be kind. (And then maybe you'll have a new friend to ask to borrow a pencil for the first day.) Go get 'em!

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Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

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Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

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And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

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Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

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Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


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