You may feel excited. You may feel dread. Or you may feel nothing. Whatever feeling you may have when you first arrive on campus, you know that there is a world of responsibility before you. So, before you start buying and studying those textbooks, and even before you start trying to make new friends, take a quick look at these priorities that you need to do once you arrive on campus.
First, unpack your suitcases. Once your suitcases are unpacked, you will feel a burden lifted off your shoulders. You should also start putting things away where they need to be. After having done this, you will be able to do whatever it is that you need to do before classes start. You don’t want to have to think about unpacking your clothes and other personal items when you have already started classes.
Make sure that you have done all that you needed to do for your school, before classes begin. Usually, your college or university will prepare you for the transition to college by sponsoring “orientation week.” At this time, you will attend meetings, take tests, and make new friends. However, this time isn’t just for fun. Take note of where the buildings are, and try to get familiar with the campus. Once you have done so, you can then start making new friends.
If you have already chosen your classes and you know what textbooks or class materials you will need, go purchase them before classes start. You will avoid the havoc that occurs when hoards of students are walking around the bookstore trying to find what they need at the last minute. Be prepared and be ahead by doing all of this way beforehand.
Take the time to learn the rules and guidelines of your campus and your dormitory, if applicable. It is better to know now than to have to learn it the hard way later. Remember that it is now your responsibility to take care of yourself, since your parents might be far away from you. You may not realize it now, but the thought will hit you later when you least expect it, in the form of homesickness.
Adjusting to college life can be a bit difficult the first few days, but once you are able to get a few, basic errands and priorities off of your mind, you can move on to thinking about other things, like having fun and studying hard.