First Day of College – What to Expect

Author: Boise Bible College
Published on: August 16, 2019
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So, you’ve completed college registration, moved into your dorm, and slowly the nerves began to dissipate. However, the impending doom of the first day of college still lingers in the air.

The first day of college can seem intimidating for all students, regardless of whether you’re a first-time college student or returning for various reasons. Simply, college is not high school. Whether you attended a public or private school or were homeschooled, college is not high school. Specifically, a Bible college or Christian college is not a summer camp. College means higher standards and expectations. After all, you’re an adult now.

“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I’ve put an end to childish things.”

1 Corinthians 13:11

First Day of College Prep


Let’s be real, you’re adulting when you can seat yourself. As you walk into the classroom, desire mixed with freedom will mean a seat in the back of the classroom with your name on it. However, don’t sit in the back of the room of a small class. Most professors will ask you to move forward to encourage classroom engagement.


Typically, professors on the first day of college cover syllabi and assignment expectations. Most students find this uninteresting and the temptation to skip heightens. However, there are golden nuggets in this presentation that will help set the rest of the semester. Be present and prepared to listen through the monotony.

For example, most professors have “a tell” when it comes to items on an upcoming test. Usually, this is revealed in the first class. Other times, professors will outright say, “this is on the test” vs. a smirk throughout the semester, but knowing this in advance will set you up for success.


Remember in grade school and sometimes high school those nifty school supplies lists? Typically, they don’t happen in college. However, if you buy school supplies before the first day of college, you may be buying items you won’t need or even use. In addition, you might be trekking back to the store to buy items you really do need. Each class and professor may require some materials or others might not. You might take a gander at the assignments to determine what school supplies are needed. Generally, on your first day of class, you can get away with a notebook/pencil and/or computer to take notes.


Imagine, it’s the first day of college and you’re thinking, “What if I met my soulmate? I must dress to impress.” Throw that sentiment out the window and then, remember the reason you’re attending college in the first place. Of course, those new clothes or style products you bought will boost your confidence, but don’t lose yourself in the midst. Stepping into a brand new environment and feeling nervous is completely normal. Everyone around you is feeling the same thing. God created each of us with unique talents and gifts to further His kingdom, and these shouldn’t be masked. Let your peers and professors get to know the true you beginning on the first day.

So, as you head into your first day of college remember

  • Be ready to seat yourself
  • Be present
  • Be mildly prepared
  • Be yourself


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