10 Things The First 4 Weeks Of Fall Semester Brings To Students, Guaranteed

10 Things The First 4 Weeks Of Fall Semester Brings To Students, Guaranteed

Getting to know your new friend, Fall Semester.

Fall semester can either be the friend who you're like or the one who you always seem to have a problem with yet can't imagine life without.

Sometimes it can be both. For many, it's a relationship that takes a little bit of work but is worth it in the end.

1. Those nice syllabus days the first week of class.

We all appreciate that first day of classes when everyone actually shows up to hear what we will be accomplishing through the course of the semester. It is a nice way to "ease" back into classes after working all summer.

2. Jumping right in after syllabus information

Then BAM! They hit you with "So since we still have some time I'll start the lecture on..." and you see people, slouch, sit up a little straighter, or give their neighbors a look that says "please tell me I heard the prof wrong" and you bond. Just like that you have someone to email or message about the homework the professor wants to assign after talking about a topic for five minutes at the end of the hour.

3. The second class when you continue plowing ahead

You come ready to jump right into the lecture again after the last class and the professor doesn't disappoint.

4. Third class is the charm

You're finally in the swing of things and keep on going. You have come to expect the quick slide changes and attention to detail the professor is wanting.

5. Second week is a breeze

With all the information you acquired after week one, you're ready for round two. The readings are bearable and the homework so far hasn't been anything that keeps you up until two in the morning.

6. Third week, the projects start

We get into the syllabus and see that there's a project deadline in a couple weeks but wait- draft's due next week?! How did that happen?

7. Fourth week, two drafts due.

You have finally approached the draft deadlines (which in college you have come to realize means "first final copy" for some reason). Now you're up until midnight worrying about that 8am deadline.

8. Relief after submission

You submit and fall asleep, only to repeat the same thing the next evening for your Tuesday Thursday instead of your Monday Wednesday class, and then have time to breathe. You convince yourself that you won't wait until the last minute again.

9. Project due dates are looming in the near future, and your first exams are approaching at an uncomfortably fast pace.

Now the final deadlines are approaching in the fifth week and on top of two projects, you have your first exams in the other courses you're taking that same week.

10. And here we are at midnight thinking about it all

Now trying to fall asleep is hard when you have time, but come the next few nights you'll be stuck working until early hours of the next day because your time management is still not yet the best it could be.

I know some people are on top of it and working really hard to get their work done on time (and I commend them) but for the rest of us, these first few weeks are a wake up call and get you ready for the next set of exams and projects.

Just a little side note to everyone because we don't tell ourselves this enough: you are capable and you can do this, no matter how impossible it seems to write X number of pages.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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