The First Day Of Classes Never Gets Any Easier

The First Day Of School NEVER Gets Easier — High School, College, Doesn't Matter

No matter how long you go to school and no matter how much you like school, the first day never gets easier.

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The first day of school marks the end of the summer for students and parents. Some students welcome it, it's exciting to get through a year successfully and even more exciting when you know you're one step closer to the career of your choice.

For other students, it is agonizing to think you can't stay up late, have to wake up early — and even have to be productive. And for parents, young and experienced (old), it can be positive or negative.

It either means their baby is growing up or they don't have to deal with their kids anymore as they did in the summer. Which sounds bad but we all know we drive our parents crazy.

I was expecting my first day of high school to be so exciting and a new start. Well, you don't always get what you want. Not only did I show up an hour early because no one told me zero-hour didn't start until a couple weeks in, but I also had no idea where I was or where I needed to be.

I know I'm not the only one to have a similar story, every year of high school there was always something, classes that jumped straight into homework, teachers I knew I wouldn't click with, and even having classes with people I couldn't stand could ruin the day.

College hasn't been any better. My first day Freshman year, I was terrified, as any freshman is. I didn't know where I was going, I didn't know anyone because no one from my high school came to Western, and I just remember crying once I made it back to my dorm. This year, my first class was great. I got too cocky and thought "I totally know what I'm doing." My shuttle at Lark, the apartment complex is impossible.

So many people couldn't get on and were late for classes, and at one point I even had to wait an extra half hour to catch the shuttle home. And there's always at least one professor who wants to start the quarter the first day. The buses themselves also are full by the time they hit the stops closest to the University and no one wants to wait that long to take a bus to get to school.

Now, just because some of the first days were hard, they can also be so amazing. Nothing is better than not only making it to your classes on time but also getting a view of your course load and being able to feel out if you'll like the professor. The new classes also mean new opportunities, and hopefully new friends.

The first quarter is always the best, you have more motivation to do your work in the fall quarter, than in the winter, or spring so the fall quarter grades usually look best.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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