Hey everyone! I’m Kyriakos Chatzis I’m a 3/4 Biology student with a minor in Entrepreneurship and let me be one of the first to say, you made it! Your first day of college is finally here! Here are some tips to make that first day of classes as smooth and memorable as possible.giphy (1)


  1. Familiarize yourself with your schedule. A day before classes start, you should walk around campus to find the rooms that your classes will be held in. Start with your first class of the day and work your way down to see what routes are the fastest to your next class. This can save you a lot of headaches on your first day.
  2. Review your classes syllabi. More often to not, your professors will upload the class syllabus before in person instruction begins. Take that opportunity to see what’s expected of you throughout the class by reviewing the syllabus. There will be information such as % breakdown of your final grade, course material covered, dates of exams, etc. Some professors like to go over their syllabus in class and others upload it online and expect you to go over it on your own.
  3. Wake up early and get a good breakfast. It is extremely important to be awake and alert for your first day. There is going to be a lot of information thrown at you by your professors and you don’t want to miss any of it. Get to your class at least 10 minutes early so that you could situate yourself, pick a good seat, and familiarize yourself with the classroom.
  4. Be ready. I hate to say it but Syllabus week doesn’t really exist at Stevens. Because most of our assignments and class material is online, professors tend to just jump into course material on the first day. I was not ready for this on my first day and was caught a bit off guard so make sure you have proper notebooks for each class and are ready to learn!
  5. Have fun with it! You are entering one of the most interesting and amazing times of your life. You going to learn an insane amount, both inside and outside the classroom and I think it’s important to embrace that. Go into every class with an open mind and an eager spirit, no matter the subject and you will come out of it a better person.
  6. Don’t stress it. Every single one of your professors knows and understand the uncertainty the first day of college classes can bring. They will be extremely available to you for any questions you might have and are always there for you to help ease your transition. They are your friends, not your enemies!


A fun way I like to think about first days is in the eyes of the professor. It’s also the professors first time teaching this new group of students and they want to make just as good of an impression on you as you do! I hope you can take something away from this and wish you all the greatest first day of classes ever!

Kyriakos Chatzis, Biology

What to Pack

Hi everyone. My name is Matthew Danski and I am a 3/4 Chemical Engineering major from Jackson, New Jersey. Moving away from home has an added stress this year as opposed to others. In order to help ease some of the worries off of you, I am here to help you decide what to bring to campus and what to leave at home. The Stevens campus and community may look different this year, but we are willing and ready to welcome you all into our community on Castle Point.

Safety is our top priority this year for both you and our community. Therefore the first things that you should pack should be personal protective equipment. New Jersey is very strict on following the CDC’s guidelines to slow the spread Covid-19. With this being said it is important you pack a supply of face masks and hand sanitizer. You will not be allowed into class or any stores without a face mask and hand sanitizer should be applied regularly when hand washing is not an option. It is important that you get tested for Covid-19 before coming to campus and get your flu shot before leaving home.

Aside from personal protective equipment there are plenty of things you might forget to bring so hopefully this list will help to prevent that.

What to bring:

Umbrella – Weather is very unpredictable in New Jersey and we receive plenty of rain.

Liquid Laundry Detergent – The pods, in my opinion, do not work as well and get stuck on the door of the washers.

Mattress Topper – An extra layer of comfort is always needed.

Extra Towels – Depending on which dorm you live in humidity can be a problem and your towels might take longer than you expect to dry.

Command Hooks – Damaging the dorm walls is not allowed so these offer a safe way to hang anything you would like.

Microwave and Mini fridge – Indoor dining is still closed in New Jersey so you will probably be eating most meals in your dorm.

Bathroom Necessities – Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, hairbrush, deodorant, hand soap, body soap, shampoo, allergy medicine, and Tylenol.

Photographs – Nothing decorates and personalizes a space like pictures that make you happy.

Water Filter and Reusable Bottle – Hoboken is not known for having the best water and this is a cost effective alternative to plastic water bottles.

Something to keep you physically active – Gyms are still closed in New Jersey, so keeping active will be harder than ever.

The special circumstances we are in this year means we all have a responsibility to keep others safe; with that being said if others choose to fail to meet these standards it is possible you all could be sent home with very little notice. This leads to some items being on this list that would not normally be there.

What to leave at home:photo_2020-07-20_14-43-55

Large T.V.’s – Dorm rooms do not really have space for them and they are a hassle to move. Opt instead for a small monitor or just use your laptop if possible.

Party clothes – As a community we have all made a promise to adhere to social distancing guidelines so parties will not be occurring this semester.

Coins for laundry – All laundry at Stevens is free.

Furniture – Bringing outside furniture is not allowed, you will be provided with everything you need.

Space heaters or fans – All Stevens dorms have heating and cooling.

Iron – If you hang your clothes as soon as they are done in the dryer they will stay wrinkle free.

Pet fish – Unless you have the proper training to take care of a fish properly I highly advise against getting one. I can not tell you how many people I know who’s fish died in their dorm. Opt instead for a low maintenance plant or succulent such as aloe.

Matthew Danski, Chemical Engineering