Going back to class after a semester break, or even starting college for the first time can be a real shock to the system. From the 8:30 am class that’s a pre req and you can’t skip, to the vast sea of faces you’ll encounter, college life can be as challenging as it is completely awesome. We put together a few survival tips to get you through those first few days – and help you get into the swing of things.

Meet people, but accept you probably won’t remember all the names.

College life is all about meeting new people and broadening your horizons. Just don’t beat yourself up if you can’t remember all the names. Chances are, they probably won’t remember yours either. What you don’t want to do is try to fake it. Be honest, have a chuckle together, and try to remember that face and name.

Make a schedule (or at least try)

A flexible schedule will serve you well in college. It will at least give you some parameters on getting to bed, studying, getting to class, and having a social life. You’ll probably stress yourself out if you try to set it in stone, but aim for getting adequate sleep at night and getting some studying in, either alone or with a group.

Heads up on the class materials.

If you are into your second or later semester, this isn’t your first rodeo. You probably know well just how expensive class materials can be. If you are just starting college, hang on. You hear a lot about textbooks, but class materials above that can be pretty pricey as well so be prepared. You may have to purchase a special calculator, supplementary material for your course, a Top Hat (or other) account, and the list goes on. Don’t let it scare you, but be prepared to shell out some extra cash for these necessities.

Get to know your profs.

Some instructors are very hands on while others prefer to lecture and leave. They also have different expectations of the students in their classes. The syllabus is a good place to start, but you may also want to ask around and talk to other students who’ve had them before. If one prof likes to give pop quizzes or another grades heavily on student participation, you need to know these things.

Eat right and exercise.

It’s easy to get caught up in college life and turn to junk food that is fast and handy. Resist the urge! Not only will junk food make you sluggish and impact your neuro functions including memory, it will cause you to pack on the pounds. Try to keep healthy snacks and meals in your room or apartment and carry snacks with you when you go to class. Also, walking to class is a great way to get in a little exercise. Regular exercise will boost your mood and improve brain function.

Make your home a home.

Whether you are in a dorm room, your own apartment with roommates, or still at mom and dad’s, your space needs to be conducive to relaxation and peace. If you are living on campus and are away from home for the first time, you may experience some homesickness. Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal. Plan ahead by bringing some items from home to help you feel a little closer and a little less lonely. Don’t worry, it will pass. Oh, and if you are sharing your space with someone, you may want to find your own quiet place – which may or may not be your room.

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