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First Day Jitters: How to Introduce Yourself on First Day of Class


The first day of school sets the mood for the entire academic year. As a student, it is crucial for you to make firm impressions to your teacher as well as to your classmates while managing to create a wonderful first-day experience. Since, as the saying goes, the first impression lasts. 

Introducing yourself is much more than saying your name. Beforehand, you could also try practicing your introduction in a mirror to prepare yourself. 

 Here are a few tips on how to make a great first impression on first day at your school.

Stand up and pay attention to your surroundings

First Day Jitters: How to Introduce Yourself on First Day of Class

Working on your body language can make a difference to how you come across and feel about speaking publicly. Stand up straight. Good posture does wonders for your confidence, both in how you feel and how you look. No matter how good your introduction, if you are motionless, expressionless, your classmates will lose interest within minutes. Face the audience as much as possible and keep your body open.

Pay attention to your surroundings. There’s likely something happening around you that you can use to break the ice. 

Make a point to establish solid eye contact throughout your interaction, don’t fixate your eyes on a familiar section of the audience. and you will appear much more confident. 

Smile and speak with confidence

First Day Jitters: How to Introduce Yourself on First Day of Class

You’re your own biggest judge.  Your face, particularly your eyes and your expression, is the first thing someone sees when they notice you for the first time.  A simple smile will make your audience feel more comfortable at ease.

Not only does smiling make others feel more comfortable around you, but it also decreases stress hormones that can negatively impact your health. This isn't according to just one or two studies; smiling is highly correlated with longevity. Since the need to make a positive first impression can increase your stress level, smiling is a way to take the edge off.

Avoid looking or staring down at the ground and speak with a clear, loud voice. Give off an aura of happiness even if you’re uncomfortable or nervous. It draws people in. Scientific studies showed that smiling while speaking in public will endears people as they naturally want to smile back. 

Many people have wonderful things to say but don't speak with any confidence. Unfortunately, that's a great way to wind up getting overlooked. You want to be able to portray yourself in a positive light and give whomever you're meeting a reason to listen to you. Don't overcorrect and get too loud, either: studies have indicated that those who talk in a deeper voice, and more calmly, are taken more seriously.

A name is worth a thousand conversations

First Day Jitters: How to Introduce Yourself on First Day of Class

Make sure to introduce yourself by telling the class your first and last name. Do you have a name that’s unique or a name that can be spelled in 10 different ways? It’s okay to spell it out, tell of its origin or give a short but sweet lesson in pronunciation. 

It’s also recommended to give your first name, pause, and then give your first and last name, like “Hello, my name is  Jeremy, Jeremy Son.” The repetition will more likely that your audience will remember your name.

If you want to be called something other than your name, follow up with that. 

Say something like, “Hi, my name is, Cecilia, but you can call me Cecil.”

Introducing yourself

First Day Jitters: How to Introduce Yourself on First Day of Class

The point of an introduction is to establish yourself as a unique individual sharing the classroom with other unique individuals. 

However, it is also important to share relatable information to build rapport that will help the other students and your teacher to remember who you are and also to feel like you’ve got something in common with them. 

Other than providing your name, here are some information you may consider sharing:

  • Personal biography: your age, address, educational history, hobbies, favorite pet, sports and recreational interests. Share your favorites with them. That way, they get an idea of what they will be studying while knowing something relevant about you.  
  • Educational biography: how you came to specialize in your chosen field, how long have you been at the university as well as your future plans. 
  • Consider also how much you want them to know and how much you want to reveal about yourself. Try to keep things positive especially if you do not want your first impression to be negative. Stick with what draws people together rather than with what divides us. 

Invite questions and responses

First Day Jitters: How to Introduce Yourself on First Day of Class

If you have time after your basic introduction, ask your classmates or your teacher if they’d like to know anything more about you. By doing that, you are reiterating your introduction, which make it easier for them to remember you.

Introducing yourself goes beyond the first day of class. It will always be a continuous discovery for you and your classmates. If you want to be perceived as a student who values harmonious relationships, greet them everyday. Making your greeting more personal also sets a positive tone inside the classroom. 


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