This post is about 8 helpful things you can do during syllabus week to help you start your semester off right.
I can’t believe it’s already the start of second semester! The first week of classes is always absolute chaos, even if it’s your fourth year of college.
Here’s 8 things you can do to help start the semester on the right foot.
8 Things to Do During Syllabus Week
1. Make some new friends
Your friends from last semester, or even friends you’ve had all through college are probably great. Even considering this, having some pals in your current classes is a must!
Introduce yourself to your neighbors, and move seats a few times during the first week if you have to. Make sure you’re sitting by people you want to sit by most of the semester!
2. Create a study schedule
This is absolutely crucial. Scheduling out each week to work with your class schedule is a great way to stay on top of your grades all semester. To see how to create the perfect study schedule, see my tutorial here!
3. Clean out your dorm/living area
Remember how great it felt when you moved into your dorm or apartment this fall and had a completely clean, fresh start? I’m sure it didn’t stay that way all semester.
Take a day to go through everything in your space to recreate the clean, organized area you had first semester!
If you’re reading this for fall semester, check out my cleaning schedule to see how to keep your living space as clean as it is now.
4. Add/drop classes
Did you go to the first day of class and realize you absolutely cannot do it? Or, did you go to all your classes and realize you need another? The first week is most likely the only time frame where you’ll be able to add and drop classes.
Check with your academic advisor, but adding and dropping classes is common and can make a huge difference in how your semester goes – and how your GPA goes!
5. Make personal connections with your professors
Stop in to your professors office hours to introduce yourself, and make sure to ask a few things about the syllabus. You may think this small interaction might not mean much, but when research opportunities are offered or a letter of recommendation is needed, these small interactions can make a big difference!
6. See if you need your textbook/other materials
I personally rent all of my textbooks ahead of time. In fact, I rent most of them as soon as winter break starts.
On the other hand, most of my friends wait until they attend a day or two of their classes to see if they’ll need their book. If you need to save money or really want to wait and see if it’s worth the hassle to rent the book, wait until the first day of class and you can ask your TA or professor how necessary it is.
7. Research/meet new clubs
A new semester is the perfect time to make some more friends, and get more involved on campus.
Read flyers, talk to your friends, look on your school’s website, and even attend a meeting to find a club that’s the right fit for you.
If you’re looking to make new friends, groups of people with like minded interests get along exceptionally well. This is the perfect opportunity!
8. Start organized
The habits you start creating during the first week of classes usually stick with you all semester. Start taking notes, following your study schedule, make new friends, and connect with your professors and TAs.
This will be a great semester, as long as you make it one!
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