It’s that time of the year again. I can’t believe that I’m starting my fourth year of college and my last year of undergrad. I’m in a five year Masters of Accounting program, so it’s bittersweet. It’s my last year with a lot of my friends, and I’m definitely not ready to say bye. Anyway, syllabus week has me stressed me out, but I’ve learned to channel that into a few small things that prepare me for the semester!
Don’t miss class!
It’s really easy and super tempting to skip syllabus week, but some professors really notice and care when students are missing. They show up ready to teach, so you should show up in return out of respect for your professor. Not to mention, missing class is actually a really big waste of money because you are paying to have a spot in that class. You might still be unpacking, but the first week is relaxed anyway.
Print off your syllabus
Having a paper copy of your syllabus is vital! I keep them pinned up on the bulletin board above my desk! If you want a more eco-friendly option, I recommend downloading your syllabi on to a free pdf reader app on your phone just to make sure
Put everything from your syllabus into your calendar/planner.
Your syllabus is really you map through this semester because believe it or not your professors have all of theirs expectations listed. A syllabus can be overwhelming so make sure you mark down all the important information using this method. If you are really into putting your life into your Google calendar, my lovely friend Kayla has an ~amazing~ guide for you! If you’re a student with a receptive schedule, I highly recommend this amazing planner, so you can create masterful planners.
Go to your professor’s office hours.
I say go the first week because no one else will be there. It really builds goodwill and you seem like less of a douche when you only see the professor the office hours before the exam the rest of the semester. Building a relationship with your professors is important because they can be your advocates if you want to further your education or just get bumped from the B to an A. Also, if you’re a freshman, you’re probably in these huge lecture halls, so having the professor at least know your face really benefits you.
Order all your books!
This is pretty self explanatory, but make sure you comparison shop for your textbooks. I usually just google the ISBN number and buy the cheapest option. Keep in mind shipping costs and dates when you shop because if you have assignments due, you may want to go with a different option. My fellow Longhorn Jessica Slaughter has a comprehensive guide to help you out.
Your motivation for an amazing semester will literally never be higher than this week. Use this week to build a good base for the semester and get ahead on all your readings! Also, I like to print out as many notes of class and make binders for each class during this week. I spend the first week getting ahead on as much work as possible because I ~know~ I’m going to fall behind afterwards.
If you’re anything like me, you started getting really nervous and stressed out your first week because you realize the difficulty and rigor of your classes. Remember to have fun! This is the last chill week you’re going to have a for a while. Catch up with your friends and have fun before the semesters starts.