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A Guide to Survive Your First Week of College

Surviving First Week at College

The stress of college eating us alive, we’ve all been there before. Running with our backpacks strapped to our back ready for a mission, Google Maps walking directions screaming at you, and that dreaded feeling of rushing into the wrong class and slowly realizing that you are late on your very first day. While this may feel like the end of the world at the time, believe me, it’s not. It comes with the territory, an initiation if you will.

Lucky for you, you found this blog post, and we will be sure you can avoid this scenario and others with the following tips.

Pre-Map your Route

College Students walking to class.

The day before your classes begin, set some time aside and walk to all of your classes. This helps you familiarize yourself with the campus and the layouts of the buildings without the stress of being late. This also allows you to ask others for directions.

If you don’t have time to walk through your schedule in advance, don’t fret, you could always ask another student for directions. Remember, we have all been there before, students are typically willing to help you out.

Don’t Be Shy, Go to Those Campus Events

College Students sitting in grass and laughing.

Going to campus events is a great way to meet new people and lifelong friends. It also forces you to get comfortable within your new surroundings, while learning campus in a fun way.

Buy a Lanyard for Your Campus ID and Keys

Lanyard for ID or Badge

It’s bound to happen, that awful moment when you realize you’ve officially locked yourself out when you were sure you had your keys. Buying a lanyard to wear your keys around your neck is the way to go… and having a super cool roommate to let you in if that doesn’t work.

Invest in a Shower Caddy

Shower Caddy for College

Lugging around your shampoo, conditioner, body soap, luffa, and who knows what else, between your dorm room and community bathroom can be a hassle. Buying a shower caddy early will allow for easy transport of your shower essentials, including your shower shoes.

Be Okay with Not Knowing Everything

College student standing with book

Be nice to yourself and remember that this is your first-time attending college – the first time you will be away from home and your support system. Mistakes are going to happen, but knowing how to shake it off and get back up is the key to making it through your first week of college.