College, First Semester Vs. Second Semester

College, First Semester Vs. Second Semester

We all just start to care a little bit less...

Dressing for class

First semester: Everyone look at me, I am fabulous.

Second Semester: At least when you're dead, you're comfortable.

Reading the syllabus

First semester: "I'm going to follow this thing like it's the bible"

Second semester: Nah

Professors keeping you the entire class period

First Semester: Wow, they actually took the whole class period

Second semester: GET. ME. OUT. OF. HERE.

When people try to make small talk in your classes

First semester: "Wow, no way, girl in my comm lecture Mondays and Wednesdays that I'll never speak to again!"

Second Semester:

Looking at your exam and doing better than you thought you would

First Semester:

Second Semester: It's a miracle

When you're asked to participate in class discussion

First semester: "Trying my best to act like I care"

Second semester: Nope, don't care.

When people ask you how you're doing:

First semester: Fake it 'til you make it.

Second semester: That's a good question, I really don't know

Writing papers

First Semester: Trying to impress all of your professors.

Second Semester: All that matters is that it's complete.

When a car almost hits you while walking to class

First semester:

Second semester: Pay my tuition.

Using rate my professor

First semester: Checking to see who's the best professor for the course... "Grades fairly and a cute TA"? Sign me up.

Second semester: Writing personal reviews like

Your Parents asking you about your grades

First semester: Prized student, you must be so proud

Second Semester: It's for your own good


First semester: "You're so good at Chemistry"

Second semester:

When you missed an assignment that was in the syllabus even though your professor told you everything would be in the syllabus:

Both Semesters:

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The 10 Things You Realize During Syllabus Week

4. You actually already have A LOT of work to do.

The seven days that we all long for came back! There is one week each year that students look forward to, and it's syllabus week. Although there are classes beginning, it’s the one week when you don’t have a worry nor care in the world. Do syllabus week (and the few weeks after it before the exams start to come) right.

1. You're back.

Time to unpack your month’s worth of clothing, say hi to everyone you haven’t seen the past few weeks, and start another semester again.

2. You've missed your college friends, A LOT.

Even though you snapchatted/ texted/ facetimed every day, being apart from the people you were with 24/7 made you realize how much you've missed them.

3. Your body can handle more nights out than you think.

It's syllabus week. Time to get 'sylly'. Nights 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The partying never ends. We're so back.

4. You actually already have A LOT of work to do.

During winter break, there was nothing like a clear schedule. Now that we're back, your calendar has already filled up with three quizzes due one day and four assignments due the next. Take me back to winter break.

5. You're already missing good food.

Speaking as a sorority girl, yes the food is good, specifically the lunches, but it's not home food. I am already in desperate need of sushi. Now.

6. You have to mentally prepare yourself for the weeks to come.

Yes, you have some work to do during syllabus week, but it's nothing compared to what you have to do next week. Get yourself ready... Library, here you come.

7. You do not like the people with "New Years Resolutions" at the gym.

Good luck finding a treadmill or elliptical at the gym during this week. People have “New Years Resolutions” of becoming more fit, but in a week or two they will get over this “resolution.”

8. You get to start fresh.

There’s nothing like new folders, pencils, paper and classes. You get to set new standards for yourself in terms of grades and you say to yourself, “Hey maybe I’ll change things up this semester,” but probably not.

9. You realize that drop/ add week saved you.

Checking out the syllabuses and your professors beforehand comes in handy during drop/ add week. You have a week to decide whether or not you should take a class based off of the syllabus and course load. Choose wisely.

10. You realize that syllabus week is coming to an end and it's time to be a real student again.

Good luck to us all.

Do syllabus week right. You only have one week to do nothing and be a fun college student. After all, we only have four years here: make them count.

Cover Image Credit: Jenna Riech, January 2018

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10 Not-So-Obvious Things That You Need On Your College Packing List

And that you probably forgot to pack

If you're heading off to college, here are 10 things that you might want to add to your packing list:

1. A Fan

You are basically living in a shoebox and no matter how high you blast the A/C it’s going to get hot sometimes.

2. Salt and Pepper

You won’t realize this is missing from your packing list until you really need it.

3. Sugar

I came to college with a coffee maker, coffee filters, coffee grounds, coffee cups, coffee creamer... and I was really frustrated when I realized I forgot the sugar.

4. Hamper with wheels

You’ll be happy when you don’t have to lug your 50 pound bag of laundry to the other side of the building.

5. A Ramen Cooker

I didn’t know that this existed until a few months ago but it seriously does a better job cooking Ramen in a microwave.

6. A lint roller

No one thinks to pack one of these but you’re probably going to need it at some point.

7. Tools

I have a pink set of tools that I have used a bunch of times throughout my first semester. It came in handy when I needed to measure my closets and windows for curtains and put together my food-cart and floor lamp.

8. Swiffer

You’re going to have to clean the floor of your dorm at some point, and a swiffer is easy to use and easy to store.

9. A designated interview outfit

Interviews can pop-up out of nowhere and you don’t want to be left unprepared and scrambling at the last minute to find an outfit.

10. Indoor/outdoor slippers

I have a pair of Ugg slippers that I wear around my dorm and sometimes outside to grab some food from the dining hall. They’re definitely worth the investment.

Cover Image Credit: Dormify

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