10 High-Key Annoying Things Pretty Much All Of Your Professors Will Say During Syllabus Week

10 High-Key Annoying Things Pretty Much All Of Your Professors Will Say During Syllabus Week

"Say your name, your year and something interesting about yourself."

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If you are lucky to have the "syllabus week," that is beloved by so many students, then you know it is mostly pointless and incredibly repetitive. What better way to start off the semester, right? For most students, it's a painless week of just showing up to your first classes and having the professor read off a piece of paper of what their course is going to be like. It is very boring for the most part, but there is usually little to no work involved for the student.

Now, as a senior at Louisiana State University, I have had my fair share of these weeks and I can confidently say: they are all the exact same. So here is a short run down of what to expect if you have never encountered a syllabus week before, or if you have shared the same experiences.

1. "Go around the room and introduce yourself to the class."

Yes, even students at 18-21 years old are forced to undergo the middle-school way of going around the room and saying their name and a "fun fact" about themselves. After age 17 this should be considered as a form of torture.

2. "If that is a problem, then don't take my class."

It's basically a universal threat used by all professors.

3. "I once had a student who..."

Professors always use a past story as an example of usually what not to do in their class. And it's always some weird story that makes you question if they are making it up or not.

4. "You will be given only X amount of unexcused absences. USE THEM WISELY!"

It's because they know that most of us will most likely not "use them wisely."

5. "If you don't show up to class, you WILL NOT pass."

This infamous line is usually used by the teachers who don't have mandatory attendance.

6. "That's just the school's policy, not mine."

They usually say this like their Pontius Pilate or some other person known for not wanting to take the blame.

7. "DO NOT EMAIL ME WITH QUESTIONS THAT THE SYLLABUS CAN ANSWER."

Professors are ruthless about this. So if you ever have a question, I highly advise that you thoroughly read through the syllabus to see if it can answer any questions you have before emailing your professor.

8. "I do not want to see your phone or laptop out during my class unless I say so."

If you're lucky your professor will be cool with having laptops out for taking notes. I was not so lucky.

9. "If you ask me to reschedule your final, you better be dying."

Make sure you are 100,000% free on your exam days, especially for your final exam. Most professors show no mercy when it comes to missing exams.

10. "If you are late to my class then you are not welcome in my class."

Only the really cut-throat professors live by this, but if you are one of the unlucky individuals who have this type of professor you better make sure you do everything in your power to get to that class. If I had a dollar for every time I've shamelessly sprinted through the parking lot to get to class on time, I'd be able to pay for my tuition AND have groceries.

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10 Must Have Items For Your #NewNole

Tips for the incoming freshman class.

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All Florida State University students have faced the uncertainty of not really knowing what to bring with them for their stay in Tallahassee. Some students go way overboard and bring their whole house (and then some), while others bring a blanket, a few sets of clothes, and maybe a toothbrush. No need to search any further for what your #FSU23 Seminole needs, the most important things are right here.

1. A key ring for their keys.

The most obvious giveaway that someone's a freshman? Having a lanyard that holds all of their keys. We can hear you coming from a mile away.

2. $30 to pay off a future parking ticket.

Sorry, Charlie, this isn't the kind of ticket you want to find. There are thousands of people at Florida State every day. Do you really think your new Nole is going to find a parking spot that they're allowed to park every single day?

3. An Uber gift card.

Freshmen never knows their limits. Make sure your new Nole has a way to get home from the pregame because they got too white girl wasted to even make it to the function. #DriveSober.

4. Your old Francois jersey.

Especially great for the new Noles who aren't so sports-savvy. They'll think he's actually on the team!

5. Robitussin and cough drops.

Your new Nole is bound to catch something at LEAST once during their time at Florida State. Save them a trip to the Health and Wellness Center and just buy them some medication before they're infected by the plague.

6. A water spray bottle.

To spray at anyone who catcalls your new Nole, ESPECIALLY the Pikes.

7. Pedialyte.

For the nights when your new Nole's beverage of choice wasn't exactly one they're supposed to be drinking.

8. A hand strengthener.

The perfect gift to help your new Nole prepare for all of the swiping they'll be doing on Tinder.

9. Rhymes with "swan gums."

The supplies in Strozier, Dirac, and the Health and Wellness Center run out all the time. Make sure your new Nole is protected.

10. Bleach.

Your new Nole is going to experience night life by visiting Tally spots like the Strip, Baja's, and Happy Hour at Pot's. They're definitely going to need some bleach to baptize their shoes after a night out.

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I Learned So Much In My First College Semester, Including That No College Experience Is The Same

I could write a book from everything I've learned in the past six months.

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I just have to point out that in true college fashion, this semester in review, if you will, is coming to you a grand month into the new semester. If that isn't the epitome of college, I'm not sure what is.

The first and perhaps the most important thing that the beginning of college has taught me is that you have to let go of expectations. There are a million different stories and opinions coming at you your senior year of high school about what college is like and what you should do once you get there. But the truth is, everyone is different. There is no quintessential college experience because no college lifestyle is superior to any other one.

There are some people who go to every single school spirit/ sporting event that the school has to offer and there are others (like me) who are content with attending a couple games a season and enjoying their Saturday afternoons not melting into the stands of McLane stadium during Waco's stupidly hot fall.

But the point is, you do you. And honestly, it might take you a while to figure out what kind of life you want to have in college. Maybe it requires a few all-nighters and poor choices before you decide the things you like, the crowd you want to run in, and what you want to make of your college years.

And speaking of running in crowds, I present to you: friends. They're probably one of the most challenging parts of college. Now your first semester is really designed to get you socializing and making new friends, but you're making them in a way that you never did when you were younger. College requires you to reach out, to push yourself, and to get out of your comfort zone. And having friends doesn't mean you'll spend 24/7 with them. In college, everyone has different priorities which mean you may only get to hang out with certain friends once or twice a week. That doesn't make those friendships invalid, it's just a sign that you're growing up and having less time and more responsibility.

I've always known that being a good friend is important, but college has taught me that it's one of the most important roles you can play in someone's life. College is a time when you're moving away from home, turning a leaf, and trying things out for yourself. It can be lonely, confusing, exhausting, exhilarating. The one thing everyone needs is a friend. People will try to tell you that college is about dating or finding your person or ring by spring but really it's about friends, so do your best to be a good one.

Now there's also the cliche advice about not taking 8 a.m. classes, eating pizza every day in the dining hall, or partying on a Thursday night when you have class in the morning, but all of that stuff seems rather obvious.

If there was one thing I could go back and tell myself about the beginning it would be to relax and let the kinks work themselves out. Nothing is going to be the way you expected and that's ok. Have fun, work hard, and be kind, that's really all you need to know.

Love,

Lilly

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