What to Expect on Your First Day of College

by Nicole Chiang   |  Aug 17, 2016
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You prepare your things the night before, and your heart flutters because tomorrow is finally going to be the start of something new. If you're like most students, you've decided that college is going to be a fresh start for you. You've already imagined yourself turning over a new leaf. You'll be leaving your awkward high school self in the past. Adios. You're ready to experience the college bloom.

The thing is, there are some things that might surprise you once you step into college grounds. You'll have to figure out whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. First of all, the sheer amount of people is going to be overwhelming. Let's say there were only a handful of you from your old school who decided to enter the same university or college. The moment you walk around campus, the sea of unfamiliar faces can be kind of intimidating. You'll have to brace yourself because just the environment alone is going to blow your mind. You knew beforehand that it would wind up this way, but nothing, I repeat, nothing will prepare you for it.

Speaking of college grounds, it doesn't matter if you're holding the map of your university like Dora the Explorer. The struggle is going to be real. Even if you're already quite familiar with the buildings you're supposed to go to, there's still that question of finding the right classroom. The last thing you want happening to you on your first day of college is entering the wrong room. And trust us, it happens. If there's an opportunity for you to explore your campus on your own before school even starts, do it. It won't hurt to find out beforehand the ins and outs of the school. You don't want to be one of those freshmen who block the way trying to figure out where your next class is. That's just as bad as those people who play Pokemon Go and cause traffic in corridors.


Another thing you'll notice in college is that you won't really need to bring as much as you thought you needed—especially on the first day of school. It's not like elementary or high school where you're required to lug a heavy load of school materials on the first day. You won't really be needing those 10 notebooks and bundle of colored markers, when all your professor's going to do is introduce his or herself to the class. Don't stress yourself out so much about the things you need to bring to school. It's similar to traveling abroad. Pack light, and only bring the essential. One of the most common realizations on the first day of college is that you over prepared a bit too much.

Being an eager beaver freshman, your first day might not be as exciting as you expect it to be. For other people, the first day of college is just like any other day. You'll eventually fall into the rhythm as well, but don't be too surprised when people don't share your level of excitement or dread. Your professors might appear nonchalant, but they're actually not. They have already gone way past those first day jitters, and so will you. College will indeed be a new chapter in your life, and your eventful first day will be the first page on it.

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Nicole Chiang
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A fan of music, theatre, movies, books and food, Nicole is an all-around over-achiever who won’t stop pushing for the best, and nothing but the best.
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