Positive affirmations. All day long.
Before you knock this one for being “too cheesy,” hear me out. According to a study from Carnegie Mellon University, positive affirmations—or positive thoughts about ourselves—can greatly reduce health issues, stress and even boost a student’s GPA. You are your biggest fan, after all, so get those positive affirmations rolling and start your day on a good note!
Set your outfit out the night before.
This is not a practice solely for fashionistas. It’s a good idea to have an idea of what you are going to wear the first day of class because, for one thing, first impressions really do count. You don’t want to show up to your first class in your favorite T-shirt that just so happens to have a giant stain on it. Secondly, there is a high possibility of sleeping through your morning alarm so setting an outfit aside the night before can save you precious minutes.
Set multiple alarms.
Remember that morning alarm I just mentioned? Yeah, set MULTIPLE! After a summer of not having to wake up early five days a week, your body may be out of practice. Set two, three, maybe even four alarms, if you need that many. Whatever it takes to get you out of bed.
All of those “eat a healthy breakfast” public service announcements are grounded in fact. Eating a healthy breakfast really does give you the energy and concentration you need to get through a full day of class. Don’t have time for a full-on omelet every morning? Check these recipes for easy to make overnight oats.
Plan your commute (and alternate routes).
Let’s face it, if you live in SoCal, you are most likely commuting from one place to another. If you are a CPP commuter, dear reader, do yourself a favor and plan your commute before driving to campus. Get familiar with your freeways, have alternate routes handy and always allow yourself cushion time in case of traffic.
Research parking spots beforehand.
OK, so another thing you will learn at CPP is that our parking situation is highly stressful. Although there is a new parking structure located near the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC, Bldg. 42), it can’t accommodate everyone. Look up the parking structures and lots beforehand, figure out which one is most convenient for you and make a beeline for it!
Pack a portable charger.
Portable chargers = lifesavers in college. Not all classrooms are as high-tech as the BSC, Solaris Lounge (Bldg. 35-1611), with charging ports built inside the tables. Although classrooms have outlets, the number of outlets is very limited. Since there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to charge your dying phone during your professor’s three-hour lecture, try tucking one inside your backpack for cases like this.
Stock up on snacks.
I highly suggest stuffing your backpack with non-perishable snacks to last you through the day. Granola bars, dry cereal, fruit, whatever. A little snack to hold you over goes a long way, especially since buying food on campus every day adds up fast! If you’re looking for healthy snacks, consider stocking up on some of these healthy and affordable finds from the Poly Fresh Market.
Be friendly with people in your classes.
When I first transferred to CPP, I had a no-nonsense attitude when it came to my classes: go to class, do some homework and drive straight home. That’s not the best way to get the most out of your college experience. I know some of us are shy, but being friendly with people in your classes on the first day is a good way to break the ice, even if it’s just a smile. Who knows, you could even spark a great friendship!
Introduce yourself to your professors.
Again with the first impressions, I know, but listen: introduce yourself to your professors! Or at least one of them. Taking the initiative to introduce yourself helps your professor give a face to the name. You have better chances of not melting into obscurity if you do this and it can also help you communicate with your professors for the better! Professors aren’t all scary, in fact, a lot of them are eager to answer your questions whether it’s in regards to your class or career opportunities.
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