The first day of college is an exciting time. You will make new friends and meet your professors. To be fully prepared, you’ll want to give thought to everything you’ll need to make your first day fun and easy. Your college books, your notebook computer or binder, and something to write with, are common items to bring along. What else should you have with you?
Things You Will Need on the First Day
On your first day, it’s important to pack only the things you’ll need. Carrying too much can weigh you down. This is especially problematic if you are attending a very large campus. Your classes may not all be next to each other, so pack as light as possible, thinking about what you can’t do without.
Your first day of classes will generally be spent going over the class syllabus. Professors use the first day as an introductory time to let you know what to expect in class. You’ll want to bring pens and pencils. Decide on your favorite notebook for note-taking. You might want a separate one for each subject, or you might purchase a notebook with dividers for multiple subjects. Definitely bring something to write with because some teachers issue pre-tests on the first day of class.
Should You Bring a Laptop?
The decision of carrying a laptop to your first day of class depends on your preferences. If your laptop is lightweight enough and will help you research and take notes, then bring it. If you think it will just be dead weight that you’ll later regret carrying around, leave it behind.
The Ideal Bag
Decide on the type of bag you’ll need to carry all of your items. You’ll need a laptop backpack if you’re bringing your computer. Otherwise, a regular backpack or a messenger bag will work. Pack your bag ahead of time so that you’re sure it’s large enough for all of your items.