First Day of the First Semester...
The first day of classes is usually exciting. New place, new friends, new teacher, new class room...
People wake up very early in the morning, have a wonderful breakfast and go to their class super early.
However, sometimes, things do not go as planned. That's what happened to me. Things went wrong badly, and my first day of the first semester turned out to be catastrophic.
Let's find out what went wrong with my first day and what mistakes I did so that you can learn from my experiences, and prevent bad things from happening with you.
The story started the night before the first day when I packed my backpack. I looked up the weather forecast and found that it would be raining. So I put an umbrella in my backpack. I put all the stationary I would need and a couple of notebooks in it. Since it was the first day, I didn't know which text books I needed to bring to the classes. Therefore, I decided to bring all my text books with me! Unfortunately, the first day of the class, Tuesday, was my busiest day of the week. I had 4 classes on Tuesday. As you can imagine, I decided to bring all the books for all 4 classes to the classes. They were very heavy.....That was not all. I also decided that I should bring a water bottle too, so I took out a water bottle and filled it with water.
The next morning, my first class was at 10.10 am at Vincent Hall on the East Bank and I lived in Middlebrook Hall on the West Bank. I got up very early at around 8.30 am. I got myself ready to take off, and put my backpack on my back. Unfortunately, the text books were too heavy to carry, so I decided to bring 3 of them out (there were still 2 of them in my backpack) and carry them with one of my arm. I had breakfast and took off. As the forecast had said, it was raining, so I brought out my umbrella, carried it with one hand and carried my heavy books with the other. Remember that I also have a water bottle? Unfortunately, that bottle didn't have a good cover and water would have leaked if I had put it in my backpack. What did I do? I carried it with the hand that didn't have an umbrella. So, I have an umbrella on my right hand, a water bottle on my left hand, and my text books on my left arm as well!!!
I took off. I walked from my hall across the bridge to Vincent Hall on the East Bank with all that unstable setting. As you can guess, I arrived there extremely early, around 9.25 am. After that, I had two classes around that area, and I found out that I didn't need those heavy books at all as well as that there were drinking fountains everywhere, so I actually didn't need my water bottle. I finished my second class at 12.05am and my next class started at 12.45, but unfortunately, it is on the West Bank. So, I had to carry all the books, an umbrella, and a water bottle across the bridge back again. Even more unfortunately, the class I had after that class would be on the East Bank!!! Therefore, I decided that I couldn't carry these books anymore. Since the class I was about to have was on the West Bank as well as my dorm, I decided to go back to my room and put my books back before going to that class. Unfortunately (again), the stuffs I had been carried around as well as the fact that it was raining slowed me down considerably. As a result, I went to my class 15 minutes late, which made me miss some information about the structure of the class that my professor was giving, and obviously, I didn't have lunch that day....
If that was not catastrophic enough, after that class, I had to cross the bridge back to the East Bank for my physics lab (without my books, fortunately). That lab was so confusing to me, because we had to design our own experiment and I had never done that before. In school, my teacher normally gave me instructions. Therefore, I was very confused about what I was supposed to do and so were my lab partners!!! (A week later when we tried to write our lab report, we found that we got terribly inaccurate data!) After that lab, I walked across the bridge (for the forth time in one day) back to my room, and enjoyed the feeling that the day was (finally) over.
From my story, I would like give some tips about the first day of the semester...
1) E-mail your professors a couple of days before to ask whether you need to bring books to their classes or not.
2) Make sure you know where each class is located. You may want to go and check it a day or two before.
3) If you have to cross the bridge multiple times, use campus connector!!!
4) Plan your time for lunch.
5) Be prepared to face some unexpected things in classes.
6) Don't be too excited. Get enough sleep, and don't get up too early!!!!
Good luck with your first day :)