Tips for handling the first week of college

Worried about the first day or week of the college? Wondering what to do and how to prepare for this special occasion? Have no worries, read this article to understand tips for handling the first week of college. This article describes several important tips including what and how to prepare, what to take, how to behave, what to wear etc. Read, understand, implement and share with your friends and make life comfortable with the worried ones!


College is like a half home! Stepping into a college is a matter of worry for many. It is all about coming out from the cocooned to an open environment to be among a new place, new people and new lifestyle. Even parents are concerned and worried about how the child will settle down. So in this article I have provided some tips to be followed in the first week of college to settle down, become comfortable and make friends. The idea in this article to suggest some implementable and simple tips to be followed in the first week of college. The article will surely be a good read for students and parents alike.

The tips

Here are several tips for handling the first day of college:
  • Leave your worries at home

  • Talk with your family, relatives, neighbours of friends to find out some more tips for handling the first week

  • Check updates on the website for term start date, and schedule of orientation program

  • Select a sober but pleasing attire for the first day

  • Carry a pen and note pad

  • Visit college prior to start to understand location of the college and various modes of travel, the location of the labs, classrooms, library, canteen, faculty area, gymkhana, playground, indoor game room, common room or lounge etc.

  • Be positive

  • Make friends on social media so that you can travel together

  • Carry monsoon gear depending on the weather Read the brochure in depth and understand the rules and regulations for clothing, decorum, attendance etc.

  • Interact with peers and make friends.

  • Be prepared to be regular and consistent in studies. It is your parent's hard earned money and your time and efforts at stake.

  • Be yourself! Do not be an all person pleaser. People around will soon make friends with you.

  • Do not judge anyone in the first week. Talk to many and identify peers with similar likes and dislikes. These are the peers with whom you can definitely make friends for life. Movies like 3 Idiots, Dil Chahata Hai etc. say it all.

  • Be prepared to enjoy life, outings, evening outs, hangouts, trips., movies, parties etc. Memories of enjoyment and love and deep friendship with friends will stay with you for life.

In all, be prepared to jump into the new world called the COLLEGE just like how PK came to this earth from another galaxy!

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Author: K Mohan20 Jul 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

This is the right article at right time as many students are joining the college as freshers and surely they would be worried about the behavior of seniors with them. You must understand that every senior of the college is also a student and gone through the nuances of teasing and heckle by their seniors and therefore there would be some challenging moments in college and that should be taken light. When my son joined the Chemical Engineering first year, in the bus the seniors used to give him lots of water and wont allow the bus to stop for addressing the natural call. Just imagine the situation and my son could be able to overcome those silly ragging type friendship made by those seniors and now they are best friends. So take it easy and live a normal life in the college and never ever complain to anyone for silly ragging done by the seniors because they want to take some revenge on new comers as they have been teased earlier.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha20 Jul 2016 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

The article deals with many useful tips which would ease the problems being faced by the new entrants. In this context, presence of mind is essential and the behaviour of the aspirants should be decent at all levels despite the oddities coming across their path. They should initiate a friendly dialogue with the colleagues and senior students so that the bitterness angle is lessened. The seniors may be approached in view of getting some suggestions such as the best shops to procure stationary, the popular places within the town for making trips, any difficulty relating to studies etc. Such discussions would provide you a strong bond of unity in the friendship. In the initial days, the aspirants might face a turbulent time due to ragging and in case of persistence of the same, a rational approach would be required to be taken to diffuse the situation. A little caution can avert the ugly situation.

Author: Kailash Kumar20 Jul 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

The author has very well compiled the tips based on her experience and insights. Regarding initial days in the college, I would like to add that the students should not depend too much on their friends regarding various notices displayed on the notice board from time to time regarding tests, examinations, assignments, project work and such other academic activities. Instead they should develop a habit of verifying the facts on the notice board themselves. There had been instances when the classmates misinformed their classmates and thus the concerned students missed their important assignments.

Author: Swati Sarnobat03 Mar 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

You must look confident and open-minded. If you try to become hesitant, then you may become the easy target of seniors. If anybody asks you questions, answer them boldly. If you are asked in a cheaper way, then ignore them. Walk confidently and focus towards your classroom and the lectures of the professors. After class, walk down quietly outside the premises.

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