6 Things to Buy before Your First Day of College

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  • On your first day of college, it is normal to feel bewildered just like you were on your first day of kindergarten.

    However, if you are adequately prepared and organized, you can make your experience smooth and stress-free.

    Here is a brief overview of the items you need to buy before your first day of college:

    A folder

    On the first day, your instructor or department official will be handing out syllabi, class schedules, essay prompts and other vital contact information. Because all these are important, you can’t afford to let them float around in your tote bag or backpack for the next few weeks because the likelihood of them getting ripped or lost is high. If possible, have a folder for every class or unit you are going have and keep them separate. This is needed whether you’re an undergraduate or enrolled in an online MBA in MIS.

    A notebook

    This goes without saying, but it’s easy to forget certain things, especially when making such an important life transition. Endeavor to always carry a notebook or paper for taking notes and doing in-class tasks and assignments. Even if you choose to take notes using an electronic device, it still make a lot of sense to have backup supplies in case your instructor disapproves use of electronics in class or if your battery runs out.

    Writing utensils

    At least have a few pens and pencils. Being able to help a classmate who did forget his or hers is one of the easiest ways to make friends. Don’t forget to buy a highlighter for organizing important points in your notes or textbooks.

    Recommended textbooks

    You need to own your own copies of all the recommended or required textbooks. Consider cheaper alternatives to the school or campus bookstore. Renting books from other sources like Amazon will also help you avoid long queues in the campus bookstore in the first week of class. Just don’t accidentally sell the Amazon textbook back to the book store at the end of the semester!

    Parking Pass

    If you are commuter, ensure that you have a parking pass stuck on your car. On the same note, plan to arrive early (at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before class or admission process starts) to have enough time for parking and walking to the registration desk or classroom.

    Comfy Shoes

    This may sound trivial, but it’s very important to keep your feet comfortable in college. Walking around campus on your first day of college should be fun, but it won’t be if your feet are killing you. Expect to get lost several times on the first day, so shoes can help mitigate this discomfort.

    Having the right materials on your first day of college will go a long way in helping you calm any pre-college jitters you may be having. You will be passably prepared to face anything that comes your way. Good luck!

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