You get to college, you unpack all of your belongings, you decorate your dorm room and then what? There are a few things you could do to make your syllabus week beneficial and successful. I’ve been using this advice for a little while now and I think it really helps. The first week of school is where you have to get incredibly organized for the months ahead. Follow my tips and you’ll be golden!
syllabus week advice
1. print out every syllabus and make two copies.
I feel printing out more than one copy of your syllabus is a huge trick that not many people do. Use one copy for your planner( so you can take it around campus and to class) and the other copy to keep by your desk. After inserting the syllabus in your planner (with staples or paper clips) write down all the important dates of due assignments and tests. This trick saves you trouble when you’re around campus and wondering when a paper is due. I always print out multiple syllabi.
2. meet your roommates/suitemates/floor mates.
This may be a little obvious but still extremely important. Start off on a good note with everyone and anyone around you. I know it may be hard to talk to someone you may have never met before(been there, done that), but just introducing yourself and saying hi can create a small friendship.
If you’re worried about what to say when people new people here are some topics that’ll help you strike up a conversation.
- Hi, I’m Isabelle! What’s your name?
- What’s your major?
- Where are you from?
- Was this college your first choice?
- How did you pick this school?
- What year are you in?
3. Make a cleaning schedule.
This is essential if you don’t want to live in a mud bath haha. If you’re going to be living in a suite style room which includes a bathroom and living room, setting up a cleaning schedule with all your roommates is a must. Someone will need to vacuum, dust, throw out the trash, wipe down the sink and toilets, etc. Thus, if you make a plan to switch off, one person cleans one week and another person cleans the next week, you won’t have to clean often AND your room will be extra clean.
4. Figure out technology at your school.
When you get to your college there are so many websites and passwords that you’re going to need to keep track off. I recommend writing down usernames and passwords for all your school related websites. Not to mention, make sure you get your computer, phone and iPad connected to the wifi.
5. go food shopping.
Even if you have an unlimited meal plan, head to the supermarket. As a result, you’re prepared for some quick snacks or breakfast when you wake up late and can’t make it to the cafeteria. Purchase things like milk, fruits and any of your favorite snacks. My favorite snacks include hummus, yogurt and granola bars.
6. get acquainted with the campus.
The first week of school is the perfect time to roam around campus. Go into every building and see what it has to offer. Know which hall the laboratories are in, where the theater is, where the football field area is, etc. Make sure you walk around the school to get to your classes. You can even time yourself to see how long the walk is to class.
These tips were extremely helpful to me and I will definitely be using them during my syllabus week this fall. What’s something important you do during your first week of school?