Went on a road trip to visit Baltimore, MD for the first time to catch the Orioles vs Yankees baseball game! Went with my brothers sponsored by the student events board! Ate crab cakes with crab fries and Dippin’ Dots! The U.S. Navy was present and flying Blue Angels! Had great seats for $8 bucks! Let’s just say being a Washington College student has its benefits!

Surviving your first day at Washington College

Now that you’re equipped with the perfect schedule, it’s time to get up and go to class. When the first day of classes role around, try to already have the day planned out in your scheduler and our planner. Try giving yourself enough time to shower, drink coffee, and perform all your other morning rituals. You’re going to be excited and a little nervous about your first class, which is totally natural. Just stay calm and you’ll make it through the day. And ask for help when you need it: every student on campus has experienced what you’re going through, and they will all be able to guide you through your first day.

First Day Checklist

  • Practice your schedule, going from class to class a few days before the big day. That way you’ll know how long it takes to move to and from classes, and you’ll already know where your classes are. Get to know someone in each of your classes. You won’t necessarily make friends the first day, but it’s important to lay the groundwork. Knowing someone in each of your classes is invaluable: you can exchange notes, find out what happened when you were absent, and study together.Organize your class materials. You should have a folder or organizer for each class.Write down everything your professors say (well, maybe not everything, but at least as much as you can). The first day is chock-full of information you’ll need all semester. Make a photocopy of your class syllabi. Carry one copy with you and tack the other one to your corkboard. (You’ll be glad later that you did this.) Put all due dates into your organizer/calendar, and highlight all of the course requirements on your syllabus.If there’s something the professor asks the class to do for the next class, do it that night so you don’t begin the term by falling behind. Yes, the dorm party is important too, but go only after you’ve made a dent in your homework.Take a snack with you to class, as well as a bottle of water (or some other non-carbonated beverage, so it doesn’t make noise when you open it). You might not have time for lunch, and hunger isn’t good for concentration (or nerves). Most schools don’t mind you eating in class. Just be discreet about it.Avoid the bookstore if you can. The lines will be insanely long line on the first day of classes. Instead, try to get up early the next day and wait at the bookstore when it opens. Also, check to see if you can get any of your books at another store: many used bookstores open near campus for just this purpose.Don’t get too overwhelmed. Just breathe and try not to get frustrated. Take a moment to look at other people on campus; the other first years are in the same position you’re in, and everyone else was in your shoes on their first day too.

Finding Your Classes

  • The first thing you have to do is find your first class. Most colleges are pretty big; even small schools like Washington College have several classroom buildings, just enough to make things confusing. Don’t be afraid to ask someone where your class is: either they’ll tell you where to go, or they’ll be a lost first year just like you, in which case you might even make a new friend. You should have received a campus map during orientation week; if not, you can stop by the student center and pick one up. Most schools also have campus maps online.

Keeping Track of Time

  • One of the first things you may notice is that there are no bells before or after a class. There’s nothing to signal when classes begin or end, except maybe for the commotion on campus when classes let out—but you can’t even count on that. The only thing you can count on is the watch on your wrist (or that little clock on your cell phone), so make sure that it’s always set to the right time.
  • Keep a copy of your schedule with you, including dates, times, and locations of your classes. You may want to keep a few copies of your schedule handy: one in your dorm room, one in your backpack, and one in your purse or gym bag.
  • Many professors will understand when a first year is late on day one; after all, you don’t know where you’re going. Unfortunately, a few instructors can be pretty brutal about tardiness, so if you’re smart (and we know you are), you’ll have practiced your schedule and found your classes beforehand.

Class Structure

  • If your first class is in a big lecture hall, your professor will probably speak softly while you furiously take notes. Don’t start daydreaming or you may miss something important. If the class is in a small seminar room, the professor will start class by lecturing for a while before starting a discussion.
  • Some classes are a blend of lecture and seminar. You may have a large lecture once a week with a professor, then a couple of seminar classes with a TA (Teacher’s Assistant) or a lab later in the week that elaborate on the lecture.

The Course Syllabus

  • Your instructor will pass out a syllabus on the first day of class and go over it. This document contains all of the important information you need to know about the class. Here is some of this information:
  • Professor’s name,Office hours, Phone number and email address, Course Description, course requirements, Grade requirements, Attendance policies, Reading and test schedule, Daily schedule etc.
  • This is a very important document to keep. The course syllabus is the contract between you and your professor. Sometimes, professors will have students sign a copy of the syllabus and give it back. They do this so you can’t complain later that you didn’t know when the tests were or what the attendance policy was. Make a copy of each of your syllabi. Keep one copy with you and one in your room.

Calling in Sick

  • (Well, not ‘literally’ call) If you’re sick, don’t hesitate to skip class and stay in bed. If you are physically unable to sustain yourself, STAY IN BED. If you try to drag your sick butt to class, you’re only going to succeed in spreading around your germs and making yourself feel worse. No need to drag yourself into class, cough the entire time and sound like you are dying. Get to the health services on campus. Make sure to let your professor(s) know how long you’ll be out, if you’re ill health is prolonged. Your professors and classmates will be grateful not to have a sniffling, sneezing germ-factory disrupting class as I previously stated.

I hope this mini guide proves useful! Please let me if you would like to know more on the above the info and or if you have any questions, just shoot me over a message!

MARYLAND HARRY POTTER FANS

swagathachristi:

There is a Harry Potter Festival on September 26 & 27 in Chestertown Maryland. There will be Quidditch, Ollivanders, and yes even BUTTERBEER! Do you want to find out what Hogwarts house you’d really be a part of? Because let’s face it we can’t all be Gryffindor…

For more information you can message me or check out the link below! Hope to see you there!

http://chestertownhpfest.org/

What to bring (and not to bring) to campus!

random words of wisdom to those incoming students who are scared

  • Everyone is in the same boat.
  • the first week of school, everyone is clamoring for some new  friends. The friends you make in the first week will, most likely, not be the friends you end up keeping. that’s okay. keep meeting new people and talk to people in your classes. 
  • don’t start dating someone until you’re settled. 
  • It’s okay to get food by yourself. The first time you go to the dining hall alone, you’ll feel like everyone thinks you’re a loser and feel really awkward, but eventually you will begin to LOVE sitting down with your laptop and a bowl of cocoa puffs with nobody to bother you.
  • you can go to the gym alone, too.
  • if someone asks you to do something or hang out, DO IT! I don’t care if you have social anxiety or don’t feel like going out. it’ll be fun. you’ll be glad you did.
  • you are going to be over packed. when you go to Target to get all your dorm stuff, they’re gonna give you a list. You need about 1/6th of those things. 
  • There is nothing wrong with having tons of blankets and pillows! 
  • freshman 15 is a very real thing. Even if you make it the whole semester without gaining a pound, you will lock yourself in your room and eat costco-sized boxes of bagel bites during finals. but its ok, you’ll work it off and look even better than before.
  • At orientation, you’re going to hear people tell you to join clubs CONSTANTLY. That’s because you should. You’ll meet awesome people who share the same interests as you, and even if you don’t become besties, its great to have a network.
  • School spirit is cool.
  • Don’t be afraid to go to parties, but use your common sense. Dont go to get drunk, go to have fun with friends!
  • Can’t decide if you want to join a sorority/fraternity? Go to a few recruitment events and see if you’re a fit. I went, decided it was right for me, now I am pledging to a Fraternity to be a part of a great group of guys. 
  • When you get your syllabi at the beginning of the year, most of your classes will have all the assignment dates listed. Invest in a planner and WRITE them down!
  • College is going to feel like summer camp for the first couple weeks, but eventually it’s going to just feel like home. Your friends become your family. Also, it may not always seem like it, but you’re responsible for your choices now. Know when to marry the night and when to go to bed early. Both are okay.
  • Your mom is going to cry when she drops you off. She will be okay. 
  • And I’ll say it again: everyone is in the same boat. You’re all freaked out, and you don’t have any reason to be. College IS NOT  like high school. People are, in general, kind and helpful. You will be okay.
  • Good luck!