Gearing up for first few weeks in college? Here’s what you must do

  • Noor Bhatnagar and Ankita Raina, Hindustan TImes, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2016 14:22 IST
Try doing some research on college life and your campus as you step into college. (Imagesbazaar)

Prepping up for the first day in college can sure get those butterflies fluttering in your stomach. New surroundings, new classmates, new programmes and new teachers, you’ll feel completely out of place if you haven’t already planned out your first day in advance. Try doing some some research on college life and your campus and organising everything the previous day. It’s a good thing to be prepared for the first day.

Check out this list of essential things you need to do on this very important day:

Knowing your campus: Spending time just wandering around campus before classes can be a good way of familiarising yourself with places that you’ll be frequenting. Whether it is the administrator’s office, the sports room, the common room for boys and girls, the washrooms, or the location of your classrooms; the college campus is a widely spread out area and there are many places in the campus that you want to familiarise yourself with. You don’t want to be rushing between classes just because you don’t have a clue about how to get to each one.

The college campus is a widely spread out area and there are many places in the campus that you want to familiarise yourself with. (Hindustan Times)

Stationery: Planning what books you’re supposed to carry on the first day is one of the most important things. If you have the list of textbooks in advance, you can shop around looking for the best deals so as to save money! You can get the best deals on books and stationery in the old Delhi markets, especially in Chandni Chowk. You can buy books online on apps such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and many more. You can also buy used books provided they are in good condition. You can also buy or rent e-books. Also remember that this is not high school. You need not carry more than two notebooks and a pen on the first day. Also, never forget to carry your schedule with you.

You need not carry more than two notebooks and a pen on the first day. (Shutterstock)

Getting into a routine: Holidays for most of us have meant late nights and late mornings. Although most of us prefer staying up late, it’s time your start rearranging your sleep schedule before you start college. Planning your routine as soon as possible will you get to class on time. One way to do this is to start a fitness routine and go for a jog every morning. That will not only help you keep yourself fit, it will also help you wake up early and attend classes on time. Habitica is perhaps the best app that can help you get started with this.

Eating out: On the first day itself, make sure you get the location of the canteens, eateries and PAM shops (pizza and more) in and around your college right – to ensure that you don’t starve. In north campus, Tom Uncle Ki Maggi near Ramjas College and the Hudson Lane are big attractions for students. McDonalds and Berco’s are the two places in Hudson Lane frequented by foodies. In south campus, close to main markets like Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar, street food is easy to get! It is also important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, so take a bottle along. Remember, you don’t want to faint on the first day of college!

Wardrobe check: First impression is the last impression. To look presentable, make advance plans of what you are going to wear for the first week. Dressing over the top and elaborate hairstyles should also be avoided. For girls, casualwear with jeans and a decent top or kurti to match with minimal accessories can be a good choice. For boys, a T-Shirt or a crisp white shirt to go with their denims would work. Rreserve the formals for formal occasions. As far as shopping is concerned, the markets of Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar, Khan Market, Janpath and Palika Bazar in Connaught Place are some of the places you would definitely want to go! Online shopping can also be an option if you’re looking for a whole lot of choices, but remember, that can be expensive.

Online shopping can also be an option if you’re looking for a whole lot of choices. (Shutterstock)

Open mind: Now the most important thing is to have an open mind. Try and strike up friendly conversations with new people, click a few pictures with them, ask questions from seniors, ask for guidance from professors, and be yourself. Remember, everybody is just as new to college as you are, so have an open mind and don’t be shy.

What about the course? Your course is the main reason why you are going to a specific college. Though you will be given an orientation session before your classes start, it is always better to be one step ahead. You can visit the official Delhi University website and choose your course in the syllabus section, where you will get your semester wise plan, and even suggested readings. The best way of course, is to contact seniors on WhatsApp or on Facebook and ask them for guidance. They can give you advice and suggestions and also give you a heads up on what to expect and what not to expect from your course. Visit your college websites, call up your seniors and get to know everything about your course structure and syllabus, which will also help you clarify your doubts, if any.

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