It is important to start your academic term off right. Life will settle into routines at college or university very quickly, but the best way to overcome any fears is to face them head on. It all falls to you now, and your choices will have consequences – it is up to you to decide if you want those consequences to be positive ones.
Even in the first week, it is vitally important that you attend all your classes. This will enable you to not only get started on the right track, but will allow you to assess your classes, your professors, and their expectations, and make sure that they are a good fit for you. Ensure the class is one you do want to take, and then commit to it. If it is a class that has multiple time slots and professors, and there is another class that fits your schedule, it won’t hurt to check it out as well.
If you are on a waiting list for a class it is absolutely imperative that you show up for every class until the final list is announced. Look over the course syllabus right away. This isn’t to say that if there are more essays, or exams, or presentations than you prefer, that you should consider dropping the course, but rather than the syllabus will give you a very good idea of the structure of the class.
This information can be important, especially if the course itself might seem to be harder than you anticipated.