First Day of Classes | Kent State University

What are four things you need to know before your first day of class?

  1. You’re going to be fine. The first day is always the most awkward. You’ll get through it!

  2. Avoid wearing free Kent State t-shirts, lanyards, etc. It’s like wearing a neon sign saying, “Hey! I’m a freshman!”

  3. Make an effort to remember the names and faces of upperclassmen, especially the ones who talk to you about joining student organizations in JMC. They are great mentors!

  4. Not everyone in your classes are going to be freshmen. You could have a Kent Core class with a junior or senior, so don’t expect that everyone is as new to college as you are.

-Meghan Caprez, JMC senior
  1. This is COLLEGE! Unlike high school, some professors may go over the syllabus and then go right into lecture, on the first day of class! Be prepared!

  2. If your syllabi are available online, print them out and go over them before the first day of class! Stay ahead of the game!

  3. Be sure to go find your classes BEFORE the first day of class! There is nothing wrong with you walking your schedule the day before class!

  4. Try to purchase your books before the first day of class or during the first week of class. Be prepared for long lines in the bookstore!

-Daria Gaither, JMC sophomore
  1. Where your classes are (you don’t want to be that freshman who walks into the wrong classroom).

  2. How to access class information on Blackboard.

  3. What time your classes start. (Make sure you set an alarm!)

  4. How to connect to KSU’s WiFi network.

-Hanna Moore, JMC sophomore
  1. Go to your first day of class! It may seem trivial to go, but if you have to ask basic questions about how the class is structured, you’re not going to look very smart.

  2. Have a map handy. Kent State is a pretty big university and not one student knows where all the buildings are.

  3. Ask if you get lost. Or if you need help. I’ve often had to ask where a building was or how to find something. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of other students.

  4. Speak up in class. Talking in class is the best way to get the most of your experience. If you (or someone close to you) are paying for it, why not get the most of it?

-Rachel Purget, JMC senior


  1. Walk to all of your buildings and classrooms (if possible) before the first day so you know exactly where they are and how long it takes you to walk to each of them.

  2. Walk the campus. There's a ton of buildings and many different ways you can walk to get to each building. The more you get to know the campus, the more "at home" you'll feel.

  1. Be prepared. Have your computer or notebook handy to take notes. Print out all of your syllabi and have them handy...your professor will most likely review it and may expect you to have already reviewed it on your own.

  2. DON'T BUY ALL OF YOUR TEXTBOOKS. Some professors will tell you in a syllabus they're required but then say it's optional. They may also tell you a good place to go to get them for cheap rather than purchasing them from the campus bookstore.

-Bryan Webb, JMC senior
  1. Your banner ID number.

  2. How to get to Starbucks and/or Dunkin’ Donuts.

  3. How the bus system works.

  4. The closest place to eat between classes.

-Professor Jan Leach
  1.  Enjoy your summer of freedom.

  2. College is harder than high school.

  3. Get a planner (not your phone).

-Amy Wilkens, Coordinator of Academic Advising for JMC