7 Tips To Take Advantage Of Syllabus Week

7 Tips To Take Advantage Of Syllabus Week

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the best week of the year, Syllabus Week. You've successfully moved in your dorm, done your first load of laundry in three months and have gotten (most of) your textbooks. Whether you're a Syllabus Week newbie or veteran, here are 7 tips to conquer every college student's favorite week like a pro.

1. Meet with your professors in office hours.

Since this is your first week, there’s nothing more important than getting to know your professors. Go to office hours and introduce yourself! Ask them questions about upcoming dates and assignments. Your professors will be happy to see a familiar face during the first week and will recognize the initiative you're taking to get to know them.

2. Make sure you have all the books and supplies you need.

With the stress of moving into your dorm room, the last thing you need to worry about is school supplies. This week is the perfect time to go to the book store and get all class necessities. Also grab a few extra pens and pencils, I guarantee you'll need them during finals week.

3. Fill out your semester at a glance.

I don’t know about you, but I love filling out my semester at a glance. The second I get a new syllabus, you know I’m putting all my test dates on my calendar. This semester will fly by, and seeing the progress I’ve made on my semester at a glance keeps me motivated and looking forward to winter break. Download that and other time management tools from the A-LEC's website.

4. Organize your notes.

Determine a notes system that works for you ASAP. Syllabus week is the perfect time to figure out how you’ll be taking notes for each class and where you will store them. Whether by laptop or handwritten, make sure you have a system you’re going to stick with for the semester so everything for each class will be in its place.

5. Take advantage of the add/drop period.

There’s no shame in dropping a class your first week, that’s the purpose of the add/drop period! If a class doesn’t work in your schedule or the professor isn’t your favorite, drop your class before you’re stuck with it all semester.

6. Clean your dorm room.

When I move in, everything in my dorm room is no where near where I want it to be. Take some time and make your room organized. This will be one less thing you’ll have to worry about when you start getting more tests and assignments.

7. Go to campus or local events.

You just got to college! Take some time to relax and get back in the swing of things. Go to events on campus to meet some new people or treat yourself to a night out to eat. Try some new restaurants or venues to kick off the semester.

Take this time to treat yourself and prepare yourself for the weeks to come. Who knows, next time you'll have this many opportunities before fall break.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Stages Of The First Week Of The Second Semester

Because the beginning of the second semester feels vastly different than the first.


The first week of the first semester ( for Freshman especially) was jam-packed with every day feeling new, unique, and a bit confusing. Every class was in a building you had probably never been in before, you barely knew anyone, and you were working on forming your routine. The second semester feels so much different, You are familiar with the buildings and campus. You have your friends and your routine. In some ways, it is like nothing changed, but it is still different.

1. The mixed emotions at the end of Christmas break 

At this point, you have had anywhere from 3 - 6 weeks at home with your family and hometown friends. You are starting to miss your college friends and the places around your college. At the same time, the longer you spend at home, the harder it feels to leave. You slipped so easily back into the family, into going to all the same paces with your friends, it's hard to leave that again. You are so sad to leave everyone again but part of you misses what you have at college.

2.  The random burst of motivation 

Usually, the day before the second semester starts you start to get a little confidence and feel ready to tackle this new semester. Maybe you forgot all the late night studying or exam stress breakdowns. Maybe you promised that this would be the semester of no more procrastination. Whatever you told yourself, you and ready to take on semester 2, and the world.

3. The surprise of slipping into the routine 

Last semester felt so new, and you built a routine of people and places. All of sudden, even though it is a new semester with new classes, you find yourself at the same places for meals you were last semester with the same people you saw last semester. Its comforting in a way, to have your routine and feel secure in it. Although it does make it feel like you have been back at school forever.

4. Jealousy of other school's syllabus week

While your feed is full of your friends going out and relaxing with friends your professors are actually giving out assignments and assigning test dates. You feel like it's mid semester but it's only the first week. The comfort of your friends and your routine helps relax you though and while you realize this semester might be hard af, you gain a sense of determination.

5. Realizing you're happy

Despite the weird feelings that come with coming back to school, you look around at your friends and see all the people that care about you. You get back into the clubs and activities you love devoting your time to. You cherish the little moments with your friends and you look around and realize that you are happy here - and you wouldn't change it.

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