To Pack the Teddy Bear or Not: 9 Tips for Starting College Right

August 19, 2015

Starting College 9 TipsStarting college is a big deal. It can also be a stressful and overwhelming experience. In the past, we’ve asked our customers what advice they’d give college students.

Now, we’ve compiled our own ideas on the matter.

Here are 9 tips on starting college right. Covering everything from what to pack to what to do your first week.

1.) Don’t Forget the Boring Necessities

In your excitement to start college, don’t forget to pack the boring necessities. Things like laundry detergent, laundry bags, deodorant, and shower shoes are vital items for college life. Make sure you have all your toiletries and all the laundry supplies you need! Need more ideas for necessities to pack? Check out this list.

2.) Don’t Over-Pack

Dorm rooms are notoriously small, and your closet will probably be quite tiny! Make sure you have the clothes you really need, like rainwear and cold weather jackets, without having an overstock of t-shirts.

3.) Be Prepared for a Little Homesickness

Starting college is a huge change from high school and even if you’re thrilled to get away and be independent, don’t be surprised if you feel a little homesick after the novelty of school wears off. Things like a childhood teddy bear, or a photo board of your family and friends are ways to ease the pain of separation.

4.) Be Proactive About Meeting New People

Meeting new people at college can be daunting. When you arrive, try keeping your door open, so you can chat with people as they walk past. Another fun tip is to bring a package of cookies to share with your roommates and students in your residence hall.

5.) Organize a College Budget

Sticking to a budget is very important when entering a new living situation. Try to resist the temptation of ordering pizza or going out to eat too much. Sticking to a budget will save you in the long run! Here are some great tips on creating a workable budget.

6.) Prevent Stress Before It Starts

Starting school is already stressful enough, so try to stay ahead of anxiety from classes by staying up to date on schoolwork, exercising regularly, and eating healthy. By addressing stress factors before they become an issue, you can have a more relaxed start to the school year.

7.) Don’t Buy Books From the School Bookstore

Avoid buying and selling books to the college bookstore. They always have extremely high prices at the start of the year, and only give you a small percentage of that back at the end of term. This is a great way to save money and put it towards something you really want.

8.) Meet Your Professors

Start off on the right foot with your professors by introducing yourself to them before or after the first class, or during their office hours. Depending on how large the class is, this will help them remember you individually. You could even send an email introducing yourself and expressing your excitement for their course. Creating a good relationship with professors is important in helping you get the most out of the class.

9.) Use Technology to Manage Your Schedule and Workload

Be sure to use your digital calendar and to-do lists to manage your workload. By starting an organizational management system when classes are starting, you can stay ahead of the stress and plan your workload in advance. Resources like Evernote and Wunderlist are great for working on projects and keeping track of your to-dos and due dates.

With these 9 tips, you’re ready to get a smooth start to the school year. Now, go out there and enjoy starting college!

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