First Week of College FAQs

on July 13, 2017

You’ve moved in, said bye to your family and met your roommate. Now your freshman year begins, yet there are still questions to be answered.


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the first week of freshman year.


When do I need to get my books?


You don’t need to get your books right away, and it’s best to wait until after the first class to be certain of which edition your professor wants. Spend time finding the most inexpensive option, and as long as you have your textbooks by the start of the second week, you’ll be alright. Some of the best sites to buy or rent textbooks are, and


When should I join clubs, programs and teams?


Attending an activities fair or asking about groups doesn’t hurt, but don’t feel pressured to make these commitments during the first week. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus later in the year, and most other freshmen spend their first week getting the hang of college life. If an appealing opportunity arises then consider it, but don’t feel pressured. Joining groups just to get involved quickly can be stressful.


Do I have to rush to find my long-time college friends?


There’s a chance you’ll end up living down the hall from the college friends you’ll keep in touch with for the rest of your life. If you don’t experience this, there’s no need to worry. All freshmen are somewhat nervous about making new friends when they arrive on campus. There’s no rush. If you put yourself out there and try to meet new people, you’re sure to find great friends during the first few weeks of college.


When can I drop a class?


Before you make any rash decisions, take at least one more week to attend the class and weigh its pros and cons. If, after greater consideration, you still want to drop it, don’t feel embarrassed. Many successful students drop classes for various reasons, and if you keep to your four-year schedule then it won’t have a negative effect on your experience. Familiarize yourself with the drop deadlines and try to replace dropped classes so you still earn enough units for the quarter or semester.


When does this start to feel normal?


Transitioning to life in college can be extremely easy or surprisingly difficult. Your first week is sure to be hectic and filled with information, but rest assured that it calms down. You’ll grow accustomed to having a schedule, and it won’t take long to find a core group of friends. For a few weeks college is going to feel unusual, but trust that things normalize as the term gets underway.


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