College is a major milestone is everyone’s life. Your decision to go to university not only impacts your life but your family and friends as well. I know the thought and the experience can be scary but it’s really exciting too. Today, I’m giving you five surefire tips to help you survive your first day of college.
1. Let Everyone Fuss Over You
If you’re staying on campus this year, know that your parents are going to boo-hoo as they help you unpack. Let them. Their baby is all grown up now and on their own, its an emotional time for any parent. It may embarrass you at first but trust me, when night falls and your parents aren’t there to say good night it will hit you and atleast you’ll know they cared.
2. Unpack As Soon As Possible
If you’ve ever tried living out of a suitcase for a few weeks, then you know that it can be a complete nightmare. The best thing that you can do is to get rid of all your boxes and give the empty suitcases back to your parents. Set your room up the way that you want it, and make sure you have all your homely touches displayed where you can see them; this way, your dorm room feels like a little piece of home and not the empty shell that it was!
3. Get to Know Your Campus
Once you’ve unpacked and made yourself feel a little more at home, go and explore your new surroundings! Whether you head straight to figure out where your classes will be or you’re more interested in seeing the recreational facilities, try to orient yourself and see a bit more of the campus. You’ll be feeling at home in no time!
4. Get Out and Meet New People
Be prepared to meet as many people as you can in your first day. Everyone is going to be smiling and keen to make new friends, so be sure to take advantage of this! Don’t judge anyone yet, and don’t automatically decide who your friends are going to be—just take it easy and play it by ear.
Just be sure that you introduce yourself to as many people as you can! Whether you go around your hall knocking on doors, or are just hanging out with people who knocked on your door, be sure that you spend time with other people who have just moved in.
5. Always Be Yourself
No matter what, you should always be yourself! Remember that and this will be the best first day ever!
By Monique C. Tillman