College 101: Surviving your first week

Congratulations you are going to college! Pack up your things and get ready for the best years of your life. College is a great experience but what do you do when you first get there? These tips can help ease the transition during your first week of college. 

  • Find your classes before the first day 

So you’ve finalized your schedule and you’re ready for class. You’ve packed your notebooks, pencils and pens. So what do you do next? Go find your classes early. The day before classes, begin by mapping out your route to and from each class. Your first day of class may be overwhelming enough with assignments, so you don’t want to add the extra stress of navigating your campus that day.   

  • Print out your syllabus early 

Not only is it important to find your classes but it’s important to look online to see if your syllabus is available. Professors may email you a syllabus before classes begin so you can familiarize yourself with how the class works. Some professors may even send assignments that will be due on the first day. It’s worth it to check your email before the first day to see if you have any emails from your professors.  

  • Attend welcome events hosted by the school 

Welcome Week is the best! Typically most universities or colleges hold some type of welcome week programing. They showcase all the student organizations on campus and even some outside businesses surrounding the school. Attending these events is a perfect way to meet new people and see all that your school has to offer.

  • Connect with your Resident Assistant

If you are a freshman, this may be the first time you are living away from home for an extended period of time. This new found freedom can be the best or the worst thing to ever happen to you. Living in student housing is meant to be a fun experience and your Resident Assistant is there to make sure you have a great time. Your RA has a lot of great information and college tips. Introducing yourself can be the start to a great year on your floor. 

  • Have an open mind and be friendly 

Remind yourself that any university or college is going to be a huge melting pot of individuals. You may meet people from all around the world. Keep an open mind and heart when meeting people who are different from you. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. 

Now you’ve got your first week covered! Let loose and enjoy your new living environment and atmosphere. Have fun and study hard!


Young & Free Michigan Team