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11 Ways That The First Day Of A New Job Is Just Like The First Day Of School

Prepare your shiny new notebooks! It's a big day.

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1. You're both excited and terrified when you wake up on the big day, just like you were every fall for 12 years.

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After all, you're about to get to know the place that will become your second home.

2. You have your outfit picked out wayyy earlier than necessary (just like you did in first grade).

TBH, you had the outfit picked out pretty much as soon as you got the job offer.
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TBH, you had the outfit picked out pretty much as soon as you got the job offer.

3. You have to memorize a million new names and faces...

4. ...but you can definitely break out old study hacks to help yourself get there.

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Index cards were your friends in school, and they're still your friends now.

5. It’s best to show up equipped with a binder and a notepad.

Remember how unprepared you felt if you didn't have a notebook in class? Samesies now.
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Remember how unprepared you felt if you didn't have a notebook in class? Samesies now.

6. And to make good use of both throughout the day.

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Once again, you'll become a note-taking MANIAC.

7. Where you sit is still very important.

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Although now it's mostly about proximity to the kitchen/snack room area...

8. And how you decorate it is too.

Filling your space with your own books, pictures, and posters can make it really feel like home.
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Filling your space with your own books, pictures, and posters can make it really feel like home.

9. Especially at the beginning, staying organized is KEY.

At school, that meant five-subject notebooks. Here, that means FILING CABINETS. Fill 'em up.
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At school, that meant five-subject notebooks. Here, that means FILING CABINETS. Fill 'em up.

10. Also key: Finding your lunch crew.

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It's like time traveling: You've got a paper bag lunch in hand, and you're ready to hang with your people.

11. But just like you did in school, pretty soon you'll find your stride, and everything will start to feel familiar.

By mid-semester — er, month two — it'll feel like home.
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By mid-semester — er, month two — it'll feel like home.