The transition phase of going to a business school brings a lot of mixed emotions, from excitement to fear. Anxiety and nervousness is usual and expectable when you are going to your business school for the first time. From academic aspect to making friends, taking a note of a plenty of things is essential. Therefore, we have curated a list of top 5 things to take care of during initial days of business school.
- Be interactive but avoid conflicts: The first and foremost thing that you should do when entering college is to interact and make friends. Being in a completely new environment and out of your comfort zone makes it important to have a companion to make business school life less stressful. One thing you need to remember is that everyone is as nervous as you are, so don’t hesitate initiating a conversation with someone you find decent enough, even if you are an introvert.
Moreover, if you don’t make many friends in the initial days, know that it is all right and you will ultimately find people you are able to connect with. It is also equally helpful to talk to students on campus so you get to know about the university and the college life such as events, places to hangout, how to commute to different places, classes, et cetera.
Also, try not to engage in conflicts with your batchmates and seniors to prevent getting mocked at or building differences. That’s the last thing you would want.
- Unpack and settle down: One of many initial things you need to do while entering a business school is to make your room as homey as you can. Unpack your things and arrange them according to your convenience. Decorate your room’s interiors with pictures and posters so that you get a sense of belongingness and avoid getting homesick. Arrange for basic necessities in your room like a clock, calendar, pinboard etc. Learn certain life skills to live in a management school such as how to do your laundry, how to cook, and how to do dishes.
- Explore the campus: It is very important that you get familiar with your surroundings. It will help you identify suitable spots and make you feel comfortable. Find out what are the recreational facilities and food outlets around. It is only when you know a place that you feel calm and homely.
- Take notes: Going to classes regularly on time and taking notes is something you should not deviate from. Don’t forget your aim of coming to a college i.e. learning. Getting distracted and lethargic to go to classes is very usual, but in addition to increased knowledge, by attending classes, you make a lasting impression on the professors which will be beneficial in the future for purposes of recommendations and references. You should start interacting with your teachers from the first day itself, let them know your goals and take their guidance.
- Develop a habit of studying and take care of your sleep schedule: Making a schedule and following it is one of the toughest tasks in business school, but it is one challenge you need to tackle. You need to take out a few hours every day for studying so that you develop regularity and consistency. Divide your time in an efficient manner for studies, sleep, and exercise. Ensuring a good diet and partaking healthy food is also something you need to take care of.
Initial days of business school can be really stressful, but when you know what you have to do, it might turn out to be some of the best days. Remember that you will get used to the food and environment in a matter of few days and this place is going to be your home for next couple of years; so, keep an accommodating and adjusting nature, be open minded, and avoid criticising or cribbing about the living conditions. Sure, you will find innumerable troubles, but tackling them is what will help you grow and become independent. Don’t fear from stepping out of your comfort zone, this is the time to explore and focus on your overall personal development.
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