The new school year is right around the corner
As the new school year comes around, students are both excited and nervous about their first day. There are six year olds everywhere excited for their first day of “big kid school,” 14 year olds entering high school for the first time, and seniors ready to rule the school. What happens after that? Some will start their career right after their high school graduation. Some will go on to serve our country. Some will enter the family business. Some will start a family. About 70 percent of you are about to start your very first day of “adult school.” College.
Now you should all have this down, right? You’ve already had 12 “first days” of school. Well, if you plan on going to a big university, the only issue you might run into will be finding your classes...
On time. Now I don’t mean this to scare you, but when I transferred from Hill College (which only had four classrooms) to The University of North Texas, I got lost... A lot. So plan ahead!
On your first day, you don’t have to dress to impress, unless you want to. Seriously, there is no dress code for college and it is totally acceptable to show up in your favorite ball cap and an oversized T-shirt. On another note, DO wake up earlier than you normally would for class on your first day, eat breakfast, have a cup of coffee. One thing to consider is, if you’re not a morning person, you don’t have to be. Schedule your classes to start at 11 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.
Now let’s back things up, and “put it in reverse Terry.” The night before, make sure everything is ready to go. Pack a backpack. College kids are not too cool for these, they are important. If you have a laptop or a tablet, bring it, especially if you type faster than you write because you will need to take notes on the first day. Also, invest in a planner to keep up with due dates. You should receive a syllabus the first day, from each professor with a schedule of what your semester is going to look like. Keep in mind you are going to have to organize your work a lot more than you did in high school.
The first day might excite you because a lot of professors use this day to talk about the syllabus, also known as, “Syllabus Day.” Syllabus Day is every college student’s favorite day, because well, you typically get out of class early. Don’t get used to this. There are several professors that will also have you start Chapter One that day as well. So again, bring something to take notes with.
Some professors will also take attendance as a grade, so make sure you are not only there, but arrive on time. Professors also like to take off points for tardiness.
I know that right now, this is a lot of stressful information to let sink in. It really does seem overwhelming, but you will look back at the incoming freshman with a smile or even laughter, because you were in their shoes not long ago. We were all the new student at some point, and we all got through it. So my dear student, conquer your goals and become who you’ve always wanted to be. These next four years is your opportunity to start a new beginning and find your true identity.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcom X
Mallory Buettemeyer is a 2014 Burleson graduate and student at the University of North Texas.