10 Things To Expect Syllabus Week At West Chester University

10 Things To Expect Syllabus Week At West Chester University

Prepare yourself for the biggest party week of the year.

6 weeks later and West Chester is finally starting to look like a college town again. After a long winter's break, the golden rams are back and ready to play. With a new semester comes a lot of new adventures, especially when you call West Chester 'home.' Our school may be small but we're known to have the best parties and best people out of all the college towns.

There's never a dull moment syllabus week in West Chester. Here's what you should expect from the craziest college town in the East.

Canceled classes.

Hopefully, if the weather continues to do what it's been doing, classes will be canceled at some point during syllabus week. Not only will kids already be skipping classes, but you bet if classes aren't held the town of West Chester will throw down. Being a commuter school has its perks... especially during sylly week.

Breaking your bank at the bars

Even if you say you won't, you'll find yourself taking a hike into town to hit the bars up. Going to the bar typically entails spending WAY too much money, and checking your bank account the next morning, feeling instant regret.

Taking a trip to Amore's

Amore's is well missed after a long winter break. It's not just about the great pizza, it's about the whole experience. Last time I was in Amore, the entire place was rapping "Bodak Yellow" in unison. Amore is more than a pizza place you end your night at, it's an experience.

Falling while walking in town

West Chester is known for having the worst sidewalks in America. Walking on them gets even easier with the winter weather, which is something we can definitely look forward to this sylly week. Keep your eyes peeled for girls falling in their heels after slipping on the unevenly paved, icy, West Chester sidewalks. Trust me, it'll be hilarious.

Frat parties

Everyone swears they will never return to Pi Kap for a party... but when it's Wednesday during sylly week, it may be your only option. The only good part of West Chester frat parties is that they usually open up to everyone, and don't feature a lot of creepy guys. Going to the frats at least once during sylly week will be a thing... unfortunately.

Theme parties

It's no joke at West Chester, we take our themed nights out very seriously. There's bound to be at least one of these parties syllabus week- at West Chester, we get tired of just going out in regular clothes the whole week. If you can get on the list at an 'ABC' themed party, you're guaranteed a night you won't ever forget... (or remember.)

The shuttle bus being completely off schedule.

The West Chester shuttle from North to South campus will be the worst part of syllabus week. You are almost guaranteed to be waiting in the cold, and late to class anytime you have to take the shuttle. One thing we do not miss about West Chester... the bus.

Running into everyone you didn't want to run into on the first day of classes.

Its inevitable... running into all your enemies is sure to happen on your first day back to West Chester. It's the school that everyone and their mother seems to go to, so prepare yourself as you walk to your classes.

Wine Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday

If you aren't participating in the week-long drink a-thon syllabus week brings, that's completely okay. But I highly doubt you'll be skipping Wine Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday. It's an unspoken ritual to stay in with the girls for "Wine Wednesday" and to go out on "Thirsty Thursday." Although these two common drinking nights happen all year long, there will be double the places and people participating during sylly week.

Doing absolutely no work.

West Chester's sylly week is known for being the easiest week of the year, for literally anyone. At West Chester, It's unheard of to be in class longer than 15 minutes on the first day. It's like the University has a syllabus week to allow all of their students to get back into their daily routine... of going to Jake's at night and sleeping through class all day.

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2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

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Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

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7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

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8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

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10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

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Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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