Don’t know what to expect for your first day of school? If there was a thread on “how do I handle my first day of class” when I entered college, you can bet I would have scrolled for all of the little tips that make adjusting to a whole new part of school that much easier. If you’re looking for tips to handle the first day of college classes, look no further! If you are able to go to in-person class this semester, it might be different than before. If you’ve been online this whole time, then it will be an even bigger change! Masks, cleaning your desk off, speaking a bit louder and clearer than you usually would, and keeping your distance as much as possible are all things that we have to continue doing on campuses across the country. The only change for my college, Truman State University, is that classrooms are back to full capacity as of this writing.Your professor will also go over required textbooks and materials, if they haven’t sent that out ahead of time. Now is a good time to ask about any recommended materials versus required ones. You might be able to get away with borrowing a friend’s recommended text or go in on it together, or it might not be worth your time — so ask! Pick a seat that will work for you!! If you have a hard time paying attention if you sit in the back, sit in the front! If you get nervous that the professor will call on you and you don’t want to talk, sit in the back! Sit next to someone you know if they can help you, or don’t if all you’ll do is distract each other. The seating game is really a mix of personal preference and what is open when you get to your class.Expect to take a few notes the first day over important syllabus items, or if the professor jumps right in, notes over class content. Also expect to do a bit of work the first couple of days - it might not be due until next week, but knock it out sooner rather than later! This will leave you time to adjust to what will pop up later in the week, and reduce any stress once all of your professors start loading on the assignments. If I have any free time during my first few days of class, I use it effectively! This is a good time to scope out spots to hang out or study if you have a class in an hour or two, figure out where your next class is, or catch up on social media for a bit in your dorm. If you’re completely online, you should still get up and do something if you have free time—sitting all day isn’t good for you!
Scholarships & Internships for LGBTQ+ Students, Allies
This scholarship list for LGBTQ+ students totals more than $30,000 in scholarship opportunities.
Become a member and gain exclusive access to our database of over 1.5 million scholarships.