How to Survive First Day School Jitters


Don’t know what to expect in this new school year? Fear not!  These smart tips will help you get through the next few months.

Absolutely do no cut classes

You sure don’t want to fail due to your number of absences. In some school, one cut is usually equivalent to three absences!

Picking the right professors is crucial, so do your research! 

Some may be boring (making it difficult to pay attention in class) while others may dismiss class early or grade on a curve.

Don’t overload your classes. 

Even if you are allowed take your full load and more advance subjects, do not push yourself too much. You might end up with a burnout and too tired to go to all your classes.

Don’t get stuck with the notion that you have a lot of time on your hands and the lessons are easy.  A lot of stuff is packed in just a few months, so you’ve got loads to learn!

Expect an exam every week

Review your lessons every day so you don’t have to cram on the weekends.  And treat quizzes like major tests because grades won’t be as easy to pull up compared to your regular classes.


Bring a fan and make it a point to stay hydrated.

Hours spend inside a cramped, unventilated and overcrowded room can make you lose your focus. It could also lead to dehydration. 

Attend your classes wearing comfortable but appropriate clothes if you’re not required to be in school uniform.  Save beach-inspired getups for your weekend road trips, but don’t restrict yourself either.  Pick out chic-inspired outfits to give you something to look forward to every single day.

Schedule a late morning class so that you can sleep in a bit!  After all, you’ve got to make the most of your stay at school.

If you’re still feeling sleepy in the middle of class, pop a piece of candy or chocolate or even wasabi flavoured nuts in your mouth to keep you awake.

Find something that’ll motivate you to attend your classes—whether it’s lunch with your crush, post-class shopping with your bestie, or dinner with a newfound class buddy!

Choose your electives wisely

Make sure that the subjects you pick enrich your class experience and ultimately complement your course.  It would be a waste to take a Japanese foreign language subject when your course requires you to speak Italian.

Be thankful for the smaller class size, giving you a bigger chance to get to know your teacher and classmates.  This just might give you stronger college community ties you’ll need in the future.  Now who says the only thing you’ll be developing this school year is a strong mind?

Vance Madrid

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