Annoying Things Professors 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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Being Home From School, As Told By Rachel Green

You never know how good you have it on campus until it's 9pm and all the stores at home are closed.
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Oh, look, another Odyssey Article about the struggles of being a college student home for summer break. Bet you didn't see that one coming. Our lives aren't actually that difficult, but it is definitely weird being home. If you know a college student, chances are that despite the workload, the late nights and the sub-par dining commons food, they wish they were back on campus. That's how magical college life can be. And being home isn't bad, per se, it's just... not campus.

1. You miss your friends. Like crazy.

It's not that your family isn't great company, or your high school friends aren't really your friends anymore. They are, and you love them! It's just that you don't bond with anyone quite like you do with the people you're at the library with until four o'clock in the morning, working on an essay you realize is due in two days and not the next one.

2. You realize just how good you had it at the dining commons.

Who knew you could miss mystery meat and pre-packaged sandwiches? College students who realize that cooking is not their thing, and the easiest snacks are the sugary ones you buy for a dollar at the gas station.

3. You have to get a summer job, and it's not the cushy three-hour gig you had at school.

The first two weeks after you get home are so full of hope. You run around to twelve different stores, picking up applications, flashing that college-counselor certified resume. And it almost feels as though you've got it together. Until week three hits and you're still jobless and still not unpacked.

4. You finally get to see your college friends, and leaving them feels like ripping an arm off.

I mean you miss them for a reason. What, did I expect saying goodbye a second time would be easier? Of course not. And the amount of planning that had to go into getting together with them was sort of absurd.

5. In your unemployment, your parents give you some chores to do... and then they ask if you finished them.

Where do the days go? You have maybe a few babysitting jobs, minimal errands to run and still there doesn't seem to be enough time to vacuum and do the dishes. Maybe the twenty minutes before your mom gets home from work is enough time to give the illusion of cleanliness.

6. Your siblings are always in your room. Always.

You love your family. Really truly. But it's easier to love them if you don't spend every second sitting right next to them, picking up on all the annoying little habits they have. Pro tip; a good relationship with a sibling means never, ever eating popcorn near each other.

7. You've caught up on sleep, organized your room, done your chores and ran out of Netflix shows. What now.

There are very few things worse than knowing it's summer vacation, knowing you should be out having fun before another school year begins... and still being bored out of your mind.

8. In the end, though, you'll be okay

There's only so much summer to go around. Get done what you've been meaning to, talk to your friends frequently and get ready for another fun-filled school year in the coming fall. You'll need all the rest you can get.

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Three years ago I was shaking in Bed Bath and Beyond with my mom trying to figure out which mirror I wanted for my vanity. I was startled with even the thought of leaving Florida and packing up to head off to The University of Arizona. Everything seemed so far during my senior year until the late months of June and July hit. Every day felt just a little bit closer to a new reality that I would have never expected. It was scary, yet so exciting to think about this new place that I would be spending the next four years of my life at. Speaking to people online and having endless GroupMe's of incoming students, lessened the anxiety of not knowing anyone. I was the only person from my high school going to Arizona, and everyone thought I was absolutely crazy for going so far.

The day came that I had to say bye to everything I knew for the past 18 years and look at the newest part of my life which would be college. Luckily I came during Panhellenic recruitment, so I was kept busy and barely had time to think about even being upset about saying goodbye to my family. I'm not going to lie, goodbye's suck but it makes the next hello's even better and more exciting. Everything seemed to be moving faster than I could have ever imagined, and my college life was flashing before my eyes. Next thing I knew, I would be wrapping up my first semester and figuring out the next steps in my major while adding a minor.

There would be days that I would miss my family and think about what it would be like to go to school locally. Yet, then I would think about how much I've grown over the few months that I have been away, and there would be nothing but a smile that would cross my face. Some days you'll just want to run home to your parents and tell them everything that's wrong without thinking about what's right, but at the end of the day, you're in the right place for the right reasons. The decisions that you've made up to here have been correct and only to further your future and steer you in the right direction. You know yourself the best, and this was the right move for YOU.

You're going to have people in your ear sometimes, telling you what's wrong or what's right. Remember to stay true to yourself and always remember how you grew up and the person that you were before you came to college. You'll always have a piece of that person you were within you, but you'll constantly be growing which is ok. We can never predict the changes that we want in our lives, we can hope for what we want to see in the future yet nothing is completely determined. College is a strange reality that only exists in the bounds of your cross-streets and lecture halls. It's the best experience of your life and the strangest one as well which makes it your own.

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