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College Essential: 3 Things to Consider on Your First Week of School


Your first week of college is bound to be a whirlwind. Getting your dorm set up, figuring out where your classes are, and meeting new people is sure to have you exhausted. That being said, there are some things to consider in your first week of school that can make your life easier. From getting a feel of your campus to finding a money-making side hustle, we've got you covered. Here are the 3 things you should consider on your first week of school.

Check out the campus

Take some time to explore the campus your first week to become acquainted with the layout. Not only will this help you find different routes to your classes, but you'll also be surprised at the people you'll meet and the new places you'll find. Take the campus bus and go wherever it leads. Follow the crowds and see where they take you. Just explore! Rather than eating chips in bed, try visiting the cafeteria when hunger strikes — you might just make some new friends!

Get involved

Getting involved in activities is another excellent way to meet other people. Sign up for disc golf or get involved in an art club. The possibilities are limitless!

It's important to meet and spend time with people who share your same interests, especially when you're far away from your family and old friends. Not sure how to go about finding an activity to get started with? Check out the school bulletin board and the newspaper. If all else fails, take a look at the school's social media pages for the low-down on fun campus activities.

Consider getting a side hustle

College life is expensive, so many students look for side hustles to make a little extra cash between classes. Finding a job that fits in with your class schedule can be challenging. Luckily, there are plenty of jobs that allow you to make your own schedule.


Are you good at math or have a knack for learning other languages? Tutoring might just be your way to some extra cash this semester. Besides being an excellent way to earn money during college, you can learn a lot while doing it.

Keep in mind that you may need to have your grades approved and a teacher recommendation to tutor through the college, but there are other options. You can tutor elementary or high school students and advertise your services through social media.


If you have a car and are keen on setting your own schedule, ridesharing might be the side hustle for you. All you need to get started is a phone and a vehicle that meets ridesharing company policies. Typically, this means a 4-door car that's under 15 years old with a clean title and no cosmetic damage or advertising on the vehicle.

Dog walker 

Dog walking is a fantastic way to earn money and get to spend time with cute canines around your neighborhood. Getting started as a dog walker is a breeze with Wag!. Simply fill out this form, and you're well on your way to walking adorable fur-babies.

All you'll need to do is pass a background check and a proficiency test, and have at least 5 friends and colleagues submit references for you. Once your application gets approved, just download the app and get to walking! For more information, check out our guide on starting a dog walking side hustle.

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