The last day of school feels like it was years ago, you’ve had a long summer full of sunny days, warm evenings and hopefully a lot of relaxing. Now it’s time to get down to business but don’t worry, the fun isn’t over yet – as cheesy as it sounds, you’ve got loads more to look forward to.
It’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous in the run up to your first day. It’s a big step to take, but just remember that everyone else is in exactly the same boat as you. Whether you already know people coming to College or you’re riding solo, you can be assured that you are going to meet a whole load of new people on your course who have got the same interests as you, which is pretty exciting.
How do I get there? There are lots of ways to get to all of our campuses, with public transport options, bike racks and car parks. Check out our Travel to College page to find the best route for you. You can apply for a discounted travel card valid on certain public transport routes by picking up an application from any of our reception team – just ask for one!
What am I supposed to bring with me? This depends on what course you’re doing, and if you’ve been instructed to bring anything specific by your tutor. Make sure you double check your offer packs and e-mail inboxes for any additional information you may have been given. You should bring the usual things like a notepad, stationery and a water bottle. Also make sure you’ve got some lunch/money to get some. You can check our Bursaries page to check if you’re entitled to free meals.
What will I be doing? Again this is dependent on your course, however you can expect to do things like tour the campus, have an introduction to Moodle (the student platform where you can upload your work and assignments), get your timetable and get to know your tutor and the rest of your group. This is the time to be confident and outgoing, and make sure you make a great first impression on your tutors!
What if there’s a problem? We really hope you settle in straight away, but if you hit a few speed bumps, there’s always someone to talk to about it. Whether you’re just not feeling it, are having a problem with the work, or maybe even a problem at home, make a note of the below contacts, and you’ll always have someone to turn to. We also work with the Youth Counselling Service, have mental health first aiders and safeguarding officers on sight at all time, meaning you can be assured of your safety at College.
The best thing you can do on your first day of College is to be yourself. Ask questions, explore the campus, and get comfortable. After all, you’re going to be here for a good while!