As a classy co-ed like the College Lifestyles interns, you probably want to be well-prepared for your first college classes ever. However, lugging around things you don’t need in a bulging backpack can put a bit of a damper on your fabulous first day, and can ruin your otherwise sophisticated outfit. Below, College Lifestyles gives you the dos and don’ts of first day gear!
A planner. Professors will hand out syllabi on the first day of class outlining the days of exams and assignment due dates. Be ready to record these important dates, as well as any other first week to-dos in your planner.
Paper and pens or pencils. Be ready to start class material and lectures during the first class period. College professors often move at full steam ahead, and you should be ready to hit the books!
Any print-outs the professor recommended for the first day. In this wonderful age of technology, even your last weekend before the semester isn’t sacred. A lot of professors email their students attachments (or directions to visit your school’s online learning platform, such as Blackboard). There are often PowerPoint slides or Word Documents that your professor wants you to print out, familiarize yourself with, and bring to class. If you don’t like to print things, later in the semester you can bring your laptop.
Textbooks. Unless your professor specifically instructed that your textbook accompany you to class, leave it in your dorm room. These are heavy monstrosities that will weigh your backpack down while you get zero use out of them on your first day!
Laptop. To clarify, if it’s okay with the professor, there is nothing wrong with using a laptop in class. However, on the first day of class, you don’t yet know what professors will allow. Leave it in your dorm room for the first lectures so you don’t make a negative first impression.
Cell phones. Again, make a good first impression. You can bring it, but keep it in your backpack or purse on silent (even vibrate can be loud enough to cause some not-so-savvy embarrassment). Cell phones can be a serious pet peeve of profs and even other students, so be respectful and save your tweets about the latest College Lifestyles articles until after class!
Other things you may want to consider if you have a long day of classes are a water bottle, bagged lunch, and any make-up items you would use for a touch up. Always be mindful and respectful of the professor’s personal rules about eating and drinking! Finally, if you’re in a laboratory class, always follow lab safety rules for what it is okay to bring. Good luck!