Items to Never Forget Before Heading Off to Class

College is a whirlwind of activity that can leave you feeling dizzy if you don’t plan ahead. Late night study groups, all-night cram sessions, and last-minute homework assignments can leave very little to get out the door with everything you need. Inevitably, something will be left behind and you will be late to class as you hurry back to get it. It’s truly not a great way to start the day.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to help prevent either of these options from ruining your morning. Upper Iowa University has compiled a list of essential items that you should always have with you before heading off to class. So, tape this list to your front door, stick it to your bathroom mirror, or tattoo it onto your forehead (okay, maybe not such a great idea) … whatever it takes to ensure that you start your day off on the right foot!

Your keys

Unless you live within walking distance of your first class, your car keys are definitely something you should have with you at all times. Your residential keys are important as well, but you can worry about how to get back inside your dorm or apartment after class.

The best method for remembering your keys every morning is to keep them in the same place. A hook by the door, a bowl on a table near the door, or in your purse (if you have one) are all stellar options.

Your homework

After spending two days perfecting your 10-page paper, don’t forget it at home! You put in the blood, sweat, and tears to finish it on time, so make sure you get full credit for it by turning it in by the deadline. Best practices for accomplishing this task:

  • Do not wait until the morning of to print it out. Something WILL go wrong.
  • Put it in your backpack/bag BEFORE you go to bed. Otherwise, you will spend a good part of the morning trying to remember where you put it.

Something to write with

Taking notes is a huge part of learning new information, so don’t waste valuable class time asking around for a pen or pencil. Your professor won’t like it and your classmates will get frustrated with you if it happens too often.

To avoid this embarrassing scenario, stow lots of spare writing implements in your backpack, bag, or purse. This will also prevent you from running out of ink just when the teacher is getting to the good stuff (happens to the best of us).

Something to write on

Having a pen is great, but if you don’t have a notebook (piece of paper, back of a take-out menu, etc.) to write on, then what’s the point? Unless you have a photographic memory and can instantly retain everything your professor says; in which case you are probably too advanced for this class anyways.

The right textbook

Showing up to Statistics class with your World History book may seem humorous at first, but once the teacher starts going over specific information that will be on the upcoming mid-term, it soon becomes downright irritating. It’s always easiest to prepare for class the night before by putting everything you will need into your bag/backpack. That way you can just get up and go!

Other class-specific items

Think orchestra rehearsal without your violin, calculus without your calculator, or art without your drawing pencils. Nightmare!

Your glasses or contacts

This may seem like a no-brainer to people with strong prescriptions, but for those of you who only need glasses or contacts to see street signs (useful for getting to class) or to read the notes on the board, this has probably already happened to you more than once. Contrary to popular belief, squinting only marginally improves your sight (and often leaves you with a headache), so put your glasses or contacts next to your keys before heading to bed.

Your wallet/ID

While the nice police officer might let you off with a warning if you don’t have your driver’s license during a routine traffic stop, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Plus, how are you going to enjoy the great food in the dining hall if you don’t have your student ID?

While by no means an exhaustive list, this should cover most of the essential items necessary for you to have a successful day on campus. The caring faculty at Upper Iowa University have lots of tips and tricks for helping you succeed in our rigorous academic setting, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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