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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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The first day of college is a day that is full of excitement and new beginnings. This is the first day of a new stage in your life, and you probably want to do things right. This day can be nerve wracking since you don’t know what to expect, so it is best to be as prepared as possible. You need supplies for your classes and a few basic items for your dorm room. Once you are prepared with things that will be useful to you, you will be a lot more comfortable when you’re going through your first day of college. 

On your first day of college, you will get to visit a portion of the classes you’ve been scheduled for. You should be prepared to take notes in these classes, most of which will probably be about what you will be doing during the semester. Being prepared for the first night of sleep in your dorm room is also a good idea. You don’t need to have everything you will need on day one, there are things you can take your time to get, but some things are necessary from the start. Here’s what you need to bring with you on the first day!

School Supplies

Make sure that you’re prepared for class. 

A table full of notebooks, highlighters, pens, planners, and notebooks.
A student with all these supplies is more than ready. Image courtesy of College Compass

It’s your first day at college and you will be visiting some of your new classes for the first time. The first class is normally a time full of introductions to the subject and your professor, so you won’t need too many important supplies at that point, but it's a good idea to carry a few basic supplies


A notebook is an important thing to have with you on your first day. You might not know how many notebooks you need yet, so it's good to travel with at least one so that you can take any notes that you need in that notebook for the day. Then you can make a note of everything that you will need to get for each class that you visited that day. 

Starting off with one single notebook can be simplest, but you can try getting a more than one story notebook to be prepared for multiple classes in advance. One good option is to use a binder with lined paper. If you get a binder, you can add in as many dividers as you want once you figure out how many you will need. You may learn that you don’t need a notebook for every one of your classes or that you need more than one section for a single class. 


When you’re starting to follow a whole new schedule, keeping up with everything can be difficult. It’s a good idea to either carry your class schedule or a planner that contains all those details written out. With a planner, you can keep track of your class schedule as well as anything else that you might have to do. On your very first day, it isn’t likely that you will have many appointments to keep, so carrying your class schedule should be enough. A planner can always help you stay more organized though. 

Writing Utensils

Your first day will be dominated by introductory lectures, and how much you will need to write down will depend on the professor. That’s why you need to bring something you can write with on your first day. You don’t want to forget important information because you didn’t have a writing utensil. Even if you don’t end up writing much at all on your first day, you will still be happy that you were prepared anyway. 


Many of your classes will not require you to bring in a textbook on the first day, or on any day, but for some classes, it will be something important to carry. This is something you can find out based on your professor’s emails. Get all the textbooks that you need before classes begin so that you are ready to use it on day one if it's needed. You don’t want to feel as if you’re already falling behind on day one. 


A laptop is useful for many reasons. If you’re someone who prefers to take your notes digitally, your laptop is the ideal tool. You can keep all your notes on one device and you don’t have a limited amount of space. There is a chance that your professor can ask you to go online for something during class, and in that case, your laptop is very necessary. Not every website works too well when you’re using a phone to access it. Carrying a laptop on the first day can make it a whole lot more convenient. Does your professor want you to carry a heavy textbook to class every day? You should then get a digital textbook so you never have to carry too much weight!


A bag of some sort is always necessary when you have to carry multiple things to and from different class rooms. A traditional backpack is always a good choice. They are sturdy and easy to carry on your back. Going with a less traditional backpack is also a great idea. You can get a tote bag, a very large purse, or one of several other options. Whatever makes things easier or more stylish for you is good to have with you on day one. Professors are likely to give you syllabuses or other things related to the courses they teach on that day. Even if it is not much, it is always easier to have somewhere to carry your things. 

What to Take With You

What you wear can affect your comfort throughout the day. 

A student eating an apple in a classroom next to another student.
This should keep her satisfied until class is over. Image courtesy of Evergreen Health. 

During your first day on campus, it will be beneficial to carry a few things with you. There are items that can help you move through your school with major amounts of ease and comfort. Some of those include good shoes and snacks. 

School ID

When moving around your college campus for the first time, you need to make sure you have your school ID with you. If you didn’t already get it right away, it should be the first thing you look to get before you work on anything else. Your school ID will be important when it comes to doing many things around campus. Every campus is different, but for many, you need a student ID to get into the dining hall, the library, and even certain buildings and elevators. Just in case, you should make sure to have your student ID on you at all times. You’ll never know when you might need it until you eventually get used to navigating your school’s campus. 


Hunger is not something that you want to deal with when you’re getting through your first day. It could end up being distracting and keep you from focusing on the tasks of the day as much as you should be. It is common for people to neglect food, especially when they’re stressed, so having snacks on hand can keep you fed even when you’re focused on other things. It is not the best idea to skip meals in general. 

You might think that skipping meals will help you be more productive during the day, but your mind will not be able to function at its full capacity if you are not feeding it well. If you absolutely must skip the dining hall during breakfast or lunch, or if you think you might, you should carry some snacks with you. Snacks are good to have when you’re spending a lot of time away from your home. 

Comfortable Shoes

Since you’ll be walking around an unfamiliar campus for a large part of your day, wearing comfortable shoes is a must. Comfortable shoes will keep your feet from hurting while you spend your day discovering your school’s campus. On your first day, you might end up spending a lot of time moving from place to place just looking for the right buildings and rooms to enter. When you don’t know how to get around, wearing new shoes or shoes that aren’t made for lots of walking will get uncomfortable at some point. 


Your first day of classes won’t be as great if you’re physically uncomfortable throughout it. It is best to be prepared with a sweater in case of unexpectedly cold temperatures. Even if it's warm outside, it can often be cold indoors. You may be a fan of that, but it is good to have a sweater just in case the indoor AC happens to be a bit too cold for you. Even if you’re more likely to be hot than cold, when you’re in a new environment, the AC could be more or less powerful than you’re used to. Even if you don’t need it, it is good to have one. It's better to have a sweater on hand and not need it than to be stuck feeling cold in your classes or having to run to your dorm room and back on time. 

Dorm Room Essentials

Boxes and suitcases in front of a vibrant pink and orange wall.
These packed items hopefully include enough essentials for day one. Image courtesy of The New Mom’s Survival Guide.

On the first day in your dorm room, there are a few things you should have for basic comfort. When you make sure your room is stocked with the basics, you set yourself up for a good night's sleep, which then sets you up to have a good day on your first day of classes. 


You need at least one pair of sheets for the first night in your dorm room. With at least one pair of sheets, you’re all set to have a comfortable night time experience. You won’t need much more than that on your first night. You can always get more sheets to store in your dorm room as soon as you need to, but on day one, just one pair will work fine. 


Having a good comforter can be the difference between having a restful first night or losing sleep because you don’t have comfortable enough accommodations. Whether the weather is cold or warm, a comforter is often useful. You should invest in a really good one that can work when it is hot or when it’s cold. For most students a comforter is a great investment. A duvet and duvet cover also work great as a nighttime cover up. 


A desk lamp could be very useful to have on your first day in your dorm room. Sometimes you need a little more than the overhead light, or you might want to avoid disturbing your sleeping roommate on night one. Having a small desk lamp on your dormroom’s desk will make whatever you choose to focus on that night easier to see. There are many styles of lamp that would look good in a dorm room. You could always have a standing lamp by your bed or a small lamp on your desk. 


Having a rug will add a nice, soft texture to your floors and keep you from having to walk across the cold concrete, cold wood, or scratchy carpet on your dorm room’s floor. It will add a comforting feel to your space and make walking barefoot in your dorm room a lot more pleasant. It is imperative to start your day off right when it's the first day of college, so starting off with cold feet is not ideal. Make sure you wake up in a warm and comfortable space. It will only ensure that your day continues to go well from there. 

Trash Can

A trash can is a necessity that you will need as soon as you start to live in your dorm room. When setting up your room, you’ll probably amass a bit of trash throughout the process. You probably don’t need a very large trash can when you’re living in a dorm room. A small one will do just fine. A small trash can will actually work best in your dorm room because it doesn’t take up too much space. 

Your first day of college is a very important day that you will want to be adequately prepared for. Once you have everything you need for your first day of classes and for the first night in your dorm room, you will be ready to take on college and eventually the world!