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STUDENT BLOG: What to do Before Classes Start

Ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaaanges. The transition to college can be scary/exciting/anxiety inducing/thrilling/overwhelming, this year especially. Whether you’ve visited the Cliff in person or virtually, there’s just some things you won’t be prepared for. Here’s a list of some to-do’s before the first day of classes. 


1. Explore campus

You may not have been able to visit campus ~in person~ but the great thing about Briar Cliff is, it doesn’t take long to figure out where everything is. Grab your mask and get together with your floormates to walk through your class schedule in Heelan Hall. Do it a few times, it only takes about 10 minutes to get from one end of campus to the other. Don’t forget to plan out where you’ll spend your free time too.


2. Pack your supplies and BRING YOUR LAPTOP

One of the best (and worst) parts about college. Sure, it SUCKS to play Tetris with all your stuff, but organizing your room and pretending to be Marie Condo for a couple hours will spark so much joy, you’ll never turn back. Not sure what to pack? Here’s a list. #TakeCharge of the day by always bringing your laptop and cloth/disposable mask. This school year will be unlike any other, so be prepared. Some of your classes will require more work than you may realize.


3. Check your email before classes start

A lot of changes have happened over the summer. Be prepared, go through your email to see how those changes may have affected you. If you have any questions, connect with The Compass. They’re here to help you through this weird transition made weirder by a global pandemic. Keep up to date with everything you need to know and read the Return to Campus Guidelines at: /return-to-campus.


4. Don’t sit in the back row

This means in person AND figuratively. Sitting in the back row allows for a lot more ~dilly dallying~ and you know it. You don’t have to be in the front row either, just make sure you sit somewhere you won’t get distracted. That includes your hybrid and online classes as well. Be sure you’re somewhere you can concentrate and work on your assignments.


5. Bring your confidence

Dude...YOU MADE IT TO COLLEGE. You’re in and no one can take that away from you. This year may look a little different but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your “A” game. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you have a question, chances are someone else is likely to have the same one. Like we said before, The Compass is a phenomenal resource for everyone on campus to utilize. So, show up and show off your Charger spirit.

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