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The First Day of Classes

student walking on campusIt is very important that you attend the first day of class. You will meet your professor, who will outline the course and present the requirements of the class, and you'll meet your classmates who can become study partners. Some professors may use the first day for introductions, and others may start utilizing course material that day. Either way, it is important that you are there to gather that information.

Most students feel nervous but also excited about starting college, so that's normal. The first day of class will help you get the information you need to be successful and also help you begin to feel more comfortable.

Don't worry about getting lost!

For the first week of classes, college staff in the Student Services Center (1st floor of Payne Hall in Utica or A30 in Plumley Complex in Rome) will be available to point you in the right direction of your classes and answer any questions you may have.

On the Utica campus there is also an Information Booth in the Academic Building first floor lobby to provide copies of your schedule, building maps, and more information.

What to bring with you

  • Something to write with
  • A notebook of some kind
  • Your class schedule
  • Your textbook (if you've bought it already)

Hold on to your syllabus!

A syllabus is essentially a "contract" between you and your professor on what is expected from you, and how you will be evaluated. Don't let a "short" syllabus disillusion you - it doesn't outline the many hours that must be spent in between tests and papers in order to do well. Students are also encouraged to save their syllabi each semester as you may need to prove course content when transferring to another college.

Making your weekly schedule!

The first day of class is not too early to start studying. Use the planner you got free from the college to start planning time for classes, studying, work, and other obligations. This will help you make a schedule with time for all of your commitments and help you develop healthy habits, making sure you have the needed time for your academics to be successful. Manage your time wisely, because final exams will be here before you know it.