Now that you have finally graduated from school and enjoyed your summer vacation, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and prepare yourself for the real world out there which is bound to have loads of surprises in store. As the time to pursue your higher education gets closer, here are some tips on how to prep for the first day of university.
It is obvious that you will have a lot of interacting to do on the first day. Therefore, it is important to prepare the previous day especially if you hate meeting new people or feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar social situations. You could even rehearse your introduction in front of the mirror if you get anxious when asked to speak about yourself in front of a new classroom. In addition, it is important to prepare all the necessary items such as books, stationary and other basic necessities. Organize your time and make sure you reach campus at least an hour prior to the lecture in order to avoid being late on the first day.
Make a Statement
The saying “the first impression is the last impression” is actually quite true up to an extent. Life at university is going to be quite different to your school life. On the first day, you will get the opportunity to meet various people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Therefore it is important to make a good impression on your lecturers and peers too. Remember to dress appropriately and wear something comfortable yet stylish such as a long sleeve midi dress or jeans paired with a cotton top in order to appear presentable at all times. You can leave the pajamas for your final year, but for the first year, it is important to dress right.
Interact With Your Peers
Your school friends might all be in different parts of the world at this time. So, it’s time to move on and make new friends as this is going to be your home for the next few years. Don’t arrive on the first day with a sleepy or sulking face as this is going to make you seem unapproachable. Try to make eye contact and smile or even go up to your classmates and try striking a conversation. It is always better to have a few friends to sit with on your first lecture or during lunch break too.
The first day at university is bound to be quite nerve-wracking as you will have to make new friends and adjust to a completely new environment. But, don’t stress, as it’s only a matter of time before you start calling this new place, ‘home’.