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.
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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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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

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So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

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I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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