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That time of year is approaching again when all we want to do is continue enjoying summer, but stores are packed with school supplies with the first day of school approaching fast. Students have to start thinking about school again, especially when moving away from home for college because there is some preparation and planning to do with a big change.

The first day is usually a time to get settled in and meet new people living with you in the dorms. When moving away from home, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible for both the move and your first day of classes.210049_4123

Bring school supplies

Usually, on the first day the professor is already starting the lecture. You’ll want to be prepared because you will most likely need to take notes right away.  Yes, you will also probably get an assignment too. Have a place where you can write down assignments and due dates. There are planner phone apps you could use or you could buy a planner if you like to write assignments down. There are usually no late assignment passes or tests rescheduled in college, so you’ll want to plan and set reminders for yourself. All you’ll really need on your first day is a notebook, planner, something to write with and some folders to keep organized.

Organize and pack

You’ll want to be as organized as possible when packing because it’s a good time to clean out your old room, organize the things you’d like to keep, and bring anything you’ll need with you while you’re away. For organizing, be sure to label everything so you know where it is when you need it.

Bring decorations for your dorm

This is the fun part about getting ready for school. Decorating will also help you feel more at home on the first night away. Picture frames, colorful bedding and posters are all ways to brighten up the dorm room.

Buy your books

This one is usually optional for the first day, but it’s a good to be prepared because most of your classes will require books. You can usually look up your class name and number at the campus bookstore to find the books you’ll need for the class. You may not need the books right away, but it’s convenient to buy your books in advance because the first week is always the busiest at the bookstore.

Review your class schedule

Before the first day, it helps to review your class schedule to make sure you attend the right classes on time. Very often, if you do not show on the first day, a full class may drop you from the course if others are on the wait list. Remember, college campuses are often spread out and it can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes sometimes to get to a class. It’s a good idea to take a tour of the college or walk around to find your classes before the first day. This will reduce stress and help you get to your class on time.

These are just a few ways you can get ready for your first big day. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you’ll feel, but don’t worry because  as soon as you get to campus and set up your room, butterflies usually start to fade.

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