As a first-generation student, you're probably feeling overwhelmed and anxious about attending college and being away from home, family and friends - all of the things that are familiar to you. And might I also add, you may feel the pressure to succeed since you're the first person in your family to go to college. Those feelings are justified but fellow first-generation student, Irnande Altema of FirstGenRise, understood that creating a plan and being organized was essential to her having a successful academic career.
"Failing to stay organized with your course-load could result in missed class deadlines. Since there are usually fewer exams and assignments in college, every point matters, so a late or missed assignment could put a dent in your grade. Learning how much time is sufficient and necessary for each class will develop over time, but it is imperative to start early. Full-time college students' course-loads can be overwhelming, so keeping track of dates is important to increase your chances of getting good grades."