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
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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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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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10 Things On My Bucket List That Just Might Inspire You To Make One, Too

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It is always surprising to me to see how many people my age don't have bucket lists. Though mine has changed constantly, one thing remains true: having a bucket list inspires me to work hard and make the items on the list happen and not to just wait around for them to cross themselves off my list. It is also a reminder, as harsh as it sounds, that living every day isn't a given, and we have to appreciate what we have and make the most of it.

So without further ado, here are some things on my bucket list—and maybe you'll want to add one of them on yours too!

1. Try every bagel at Bagel and Deli

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I'm a sucker for Bagel and Deli, but one goal is that before I graduate, I want to try every single bagel sandwich!

2. Meet Stevie Nicks

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I've always wanted to hug the gypsy queen!

3. Get a PhD in comparative literature

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This one is actually well underway at the moment: I'm currently starting an accelerated master's program in French while getting my BA in English Literature. I couldn't pick one or the other, so I am deciding that later on, I'll just pick both!

4. Complete El Camino

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I'm not exactly an outdoorsy girl, but I have heard from so many people that completing the El Camino trail is a transformative and spiritual experience.

5. Learn how to play the guitar solo in "Hotel California"

This is one of those really random ones, but I think it would be so amazing to be able to do this! It would really make me appreciate the music even more, that's for sure.

6. Go to a music festival

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Electric Forest or Coachella sounds like so much fun. I've always wanted to go to one of those and live out my boho dreams.

7. See a wild polar bear

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Not to be a downer, but I definitely would love to see one of these before it is too late.

8. Meet Paulo Coelho

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I've read a lot of his books and always enjoy how prophetic and wise he seems. I would love to get an autograph.

9. Go to every country in Europe

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I've had the tremendous opportunity to go to a few, but places like the Netherlands, Spain (for more than just a day), Portugal, and Luxembourg are at the top of this list.

10. Skydive

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This is probably a cliched thing to put on your list, but I think this definitely is something I'll want to do once before I die...if I can muster up enough courage to make the jump!

My list is a lot longer, but these are definitely ones that I will work my best to make happen! They may seem random, and they may seem impossible, but why not? We only have one life, so let's make it one that's worth living.

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