We all know about that feeling we get in the pit of our stomachs once the summer comes to an end and the new school year draws closer. Whether you are starting a new school or returning to what you know it's always intimidating. There's the concern for classes, professors, classmates and if your in uni the big question of whether or not you are in the right major. There are plenty of questions and concerns that run through our heads as the date gets closer and closer. Because of this I decided to put together a post of how I manage this and prepare for the future.
Now I am starting a brand new Uni because of my move from the US to Denmark, so I'm going through a brand new Uni start for the second time. And it isn't easier the second time. When you start a new school or uni you have even more questions that run through your brain that can definitely lead to immense stress. Am I going to make friends? Am I going to like my classes? Will my professors be nice? Will I get lost? How long does it take to get to school? Where's my class? Will I sit alone? Will I be able to keep up? The list is endless. Some of these questions wont be able to be answered until you officially start classes and get into the routine, but there are some things you can do to prepare and ease your mind.
When you are studying in a city and not on a closed campus, as many of the universities in America are, then it makes it a little more difficult to get to class and it takes a little longer. Classes can be spread out throughout different parts of the city and that does make it seem a little overwhelming in the beginning but once again there are ways to manage this. The solution is super simple, get on your bike or take a walk. Just walk/drive/bike the route that you will be taking to your first class on your first day. That way you know where your going, you'll know how long it takes and there wont be any stress the first day because you know exactly where you are going. Doing this will calm your nerves and you'll be able to check one thing off your stress list for the first day. If you get lost then you get lost but then you at least have time to figure out where you are actually suppose to go, instead of running around Monday morning freaking out because you are late. Another little helpful tip: Just ask for help. Sure it's intimidating and you don’t want to bother people but most people are friendly and happy to help.
If you are starting at Uni you know or you should know that there isn't any "first day fun" where you don’t really start class with just get introduced, you jump right into the class. My tip for this is to come prepared. Don't show up to class with nothing but a pencil or pen. Bring your books, notebooks, ipad or computer (whatever you use to take notes), a planner and positive attitude. A say a positive attitude because we all have those classes that we aren't so hot for, but we need to get through them. So why not get through them starting on a good note? Walk in open minded and ready to learn. Another thing you should do is check out the class online (if your uni provides an online websites for all things related to school). For example, both Fairfield and Århus Uni use Blackboard which has all of things related to my individual classes. Just takes an hour to go through the different pages and read if the professors have posted anything. Print out the lecture plans so you know what to expect, maybe even read ahead. Yes, I get that no one wants to start studying before absolutely necessary but it could be a huge advantage for you. Walking into class on that first having an outlook over what is going to happen is way better than walking in completely clueless. Get it done now so you have more time later for all the other things that will be placed on your plate.
So those are my little starting tips that are super helpful for starting the academic year off on the right foot and being prepared. There's nothing worse than getting off to a bad start to choose that you want a good start, because believe it or not but it actually is up to you! Also remember to not stress yourself you because you are 100% capable of doing your best. Just set goals, work hard, stay motivated and you will be rewarded for all your effort! Most importantly, don’t forget to wake up every day with a smile on your face because it has the power to completely alter your day!
Happy school start everyone! :)