Ah…reflecting back on the first few weeks of class. One would think that after three semesters at SCF (if you count summer) that I would be an expert at making my way around, but no. I still manage to feel like Elle Woods on her first day at Harvard. It didn’t help that all my classes are in buildings I have never been in before. I ended up getting lost looking for one of my classes, and I arrived a little bit late. Great. Then there was the added, anxious thought of “Am I in the right class?” even though I had checked the schedule about five times to make sure there were no changes or mistakes. This dreaded thought did not fade away until the teacher finally walked in and said the name of the class. Anyway, I’m rambling. I wanted to give some first-day-of-class tips for any new students at SCF.
1. Write down the location and time of your class: This just helps to keep you on track and in the right place. Do I really need to explain why this is important?
2. Look at a
map of the campus the day before class starts: I always forget what building is where, so every semester I check the map of the campus to see where all my classes are.
3. Get to class on time: Make a good first impression. You should
be punctual everyday, but the first day is especially important.
4. Take a folder: A lot of teachers will give you their syllabus on the first day. You don’t want that poor syllabus to get all wrinkled, do you? Of course not. Taking a folder will help you keep everything nice and neat. I always seem to forget to take a folder on the first day, and I always regret it. Don’t be like me, and don’t forget that folder!
5. Take a notepad or a notebook: You may need to take notes in some classes, or you might want to write yourself a reminder for something. For these reasons, it doesn’t hurt to have a small notebook or notepad on hand (don’t forget your pen).
6. Don’t buy all the books before the first day: If there’s a class you’re unsure of, then don’t buy the book just yet. Go to the first class and see how it goes. If you don’t think you’ll be dropping it within the first week, then buy the book for the next class. Also, some teachers use the books more than others. It would be a waste to spend a lot of money on a book you might not use, so ask your teachers how much they use the book before you buy it.
7. Ask questions: It’s not a good idea to start the semester with a confused look on your face. If you don’t understand something, ask about it. Teachers don’t bite. Chances are, someone had the exact same question you
Alright everyone, I think that’s a good amount of tips to get you started. I hope they help. If you are nervous, it’s ok. The first day is always a bit awkward. At least, for me it is. Anyway, have a great semester.