Survive the First Day of College

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After high school, freshmen students usually have no knowledge about the life they will soon be entering. Starting anew is a nightmare to those who do not know the ways to go in their new environment. The first day is even worse, since one will be starting from scratch. Thus, in order to survive the first day of college, one must be equipped with the ins and outs, dos and don'ts, and yes's and no's of a college freshman.

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First Day Blues, What to Do?

Get To Know Your College / University

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    Visit Before You Start.
    Make sure that before the official classes start, you are already familiar with the campus. After enrollment, do a walking tour around the campus and inside the buildings. Take note of the offices you will need to go, libraries, comfort rooms, canteen, locker room, and of course, your classrooms and laboratories.
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    Get A Map!
    Dora the Explorer cannot go to places without her on hand map. This is very vital for a freshman student. Usually, maps are provided together with the handbook or are available in places like registrar, student publication, information desks, and even the guard stations. With this helpful piece of printed material, nothing can go wrong unless you don't know how to read one.
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    Tag-Along With A Friend.
    Two heads are better than one. This is especially true whenever you are in strange places. It is better to bring along someone whether a friend or a sibling in order to avoid awkward situations. It is best if that someone already knows his or her way around the campus.
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    Investigate.
    Colleges and universities often have their own websites on the internet. Research about it and take notes for future references. Ask someone who knows about the school thoroughly. these individuals can provide tips that are not included in maps and information leaflets.
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I'm lost! Oh no, what to do?

On the first day of college, one can easily point out the newcomers. They stand out so much that old students often pick on them. As a freshman student, you have to know the strategies to use in order to avoid awkward situations.

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    Lost?
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    Calm yourself down. Don't show that you are actually lost. Nothing can go right if you worry too much. Losing your cool may even cause unnecessary problems. Old students may even make fun of you once they noticed that you are lost. By being calm, you may find just what you are looking for without a sweat.
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    Don't stand on one spot looking around like an idiot.
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    Better to sit down and calm yourself. Once you are seated, you can easily look around without causing too much fuss. This way, you won't stand out like a sore thumb. Bring out your map and discreetly try to identify your location. Just be careful to sit down on places that are allowed to be sat on.
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    Locate a food stand/food corner.
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    Food or drinks may calm your nerves down. While sitting or standing there, you can think of ways to solve your problem. If you are doing something (eating or drinking), no one will know you are really lost.
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    Call or send a message to a friend for help if you don't have a map.
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    Talking to someone often helps in calming yourself down. It diverts your attention and gives you hope. It will make you feel better after getting lost.
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    If there's no help available, try locating a map around you.
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    Usually, information desks are set up around the campus to help freshmen students. Don't be afraid to ask for help. That's what they do.
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    Authorities.
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    When all else fail, there is no one stopping you to ask for directions. Be sure that the person you are asking for guide is someone who can be trusted. Don't be easily fooled. Be a little wary of the directions.
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    Lastly, be confident.
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    Smile and walk like a pro. It will repel troubles surrounding the freshmen students. Go start your first day fabulously.
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Tips!

  • Make sure you have extra money. It is important!
  • Bring mints or candies to cool yourself down.
  • Gear yourself up with music, but make sure you are only using one earpiece in order to hear your surroundings still.
  • Make sure you have all the necessary documents that you need.
  • Be not just on time, but be extra early.
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Questions and Answers

How to stand out on the first day of university?

The first day at a university is often the most memorable thing about college. You'll get to meet new people and make new friends. Standing out on your first day can leave a good or bad impression, so make sure to be true to yourself and respect others. Here are some ways to stand out on the first day at university:

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    Buy new stylish clothes.
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    Fix your hair nicely.
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    Be yourself.
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    Choose the right make-up, suited for your skin tone.
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    Be friendly.
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    Be free-spirited.
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    Be comfortable.
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    Be confident.
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