School starts very soon, and that means your brain is already preparing itself for the stress to come. I know because I’ve been stressed to the max since last week. A full-time schedule with work is enough to make any student feel the stress increase as the first day of school draws near.
That’s why it’s important to be prepared and ahead of the game. Even though it seems like it’s been so long since stepping onto campus, there are a few things you should remember before arriving on the first day of school.
- Arrive at least a couple of hours early to campus for the first week
I know a couple of hours early seems like a lot, but that was me being rather lenient with time. Personally, I will be arriving 3 hours early. Sacramento State has reached a record number of enrolled students for the Fall 2019 semester, and that means it’ll be even harder than normal to find a parking spot. You don’t want to be late on the first day, so arrive bright and early!
- Do NOT buy your textbooks until the first week of class, unless you are 100% positive you will need it before then
This is a mistake I’ve made only once and since then have not made it again. You are able to check online for “required texts” for your classes, which seems like a great way to stay ahead! Until you realize on the first day that you only needed half of the books you bought. You always want to wait until the first week of class to purchase your textbooks, because professors are always here to help you out and you may not even need as many books as it says you need online.
- If you’re interested in joining a club, Club Days is your chance!
For the first couple of weeks of the semester, you’ll notice that there will be lots of tables with clubs representing themselves and wanting new recruits. This is your time to shine if you wish to be more involved on campus! Her Campus at Sacramento State will be tabling in the Main Quad near Starbucks for Club Days, so don’t miss us if you’d like to hear more about us or even join us!
- Always have snacks on hand even if you think you won’t need it
Snacks are always essential to have for a long day on campus, especially if you have back-to-back classes. Who else hates when it’s quiet in class and then all of a sudden your stomach decides it wants to growl like an angry bear? Besides, you learn better when you aren’t thinking constantly about food.
I know that this is a stressful time, but the last thing you need is to stress yourself out more than necessary. Remember to relax, because you come first! It isn’t the end of the world and you’ll get back into the swing of things faster than you know it.