Five Tips to Make a Good First Impression on Campus

September 12th, 2017 at 2:00am
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Everyone is back to school, and back to the hustle and bustle of the new school year. Some of us are even starting entirely new beginnings! Whether it’s your first year on campus or your last, it’s always important to keep in mind the first impression you’ll be making when you walk into class that first day. Follow these few tips that I’ve gathered from experience here at Kent State University Fashion School, and you will sail through your first week of classes leaving nothing but good impressions on all of your professors and peers.

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It never hurts to carry a planner in your bag to keep track of your daily to-dos. Keeping yourself organized will not only make you feel better throughout the week, but it will also show your professors that you are prepared for class.

2—Don’t be late

Find your classrooms ahead of time so that you don’t run into this problem. No one likes walking in 10 minutes after the start of class and having everyone stare at you while you try to find the last seat. Being on time is not only important now, but for the future job you’re working toward as well.

3—Ditch the drink

Surprisingly, some professors have very strict rules when it comes to eating and drinking in class. Save yourself the embarrassment of being called out the first day because of your cup of coffee. Wait until you know what each professor allows before you decide to bring a drink to class.

4—Dress professionally

Although it’s not a must, it’s certainly preferred. How you dress has a lot to do with the first impressions people make of you. You can keep it as simple as a pair of dark wash jeans and a colorful blouse. Or, you could go as far as a pantsuit. Either way, practicing professional dress now will help you later when you go for that first big interview.


If you haven’t heard the importance of networking yet, you certainly will before you graduate. Networking is all about making connections with people in your industry. It’ll help you score internships or even land a job. So, when you walk into class the first week make sure you reach out to your peers. Stay after class and meet your professor. It’s okay to show that you care about your field of study.

How do you prepare for back-to-school? Leave me a comment below!