Being on campus all summer long and living nearby, I felt like I never really left between semesters. I have grown to know the campus very well over the past few years as an undergraduate student and through summer employment. However, this didn’t stop the anxious feeling to start the new semester this fall. The semester felt like the first day of second grade all over again. I was excited to see old friends and make new ones, put on my favorite outfit, and break into my shiny new notebooks.
While the first week of classes can be less than exciting, with professors going over the syllabus, establishing your workload, times and dates for deadlines, and his/her availability, it’s also a great time to get to know your classmates and build a sense of community within your cohort/class.
My general feeling is that this semester = so far so good. The first week required some experimenting to figure out what works and what doesn’t when it came to study locations, buying vs bringing food from home, walking vs driving, available parking, buying vs renting text books, and deadlines.
At times it can be overwhelming with the amount of work that is due over the course of the semester but it is important to take each day, project, and paper, one at a time.
Having a planner is absolutely crucial to me. This is my life saver when it comes to keeping track of deadlines, projects, papers and events. I’m finding that in graduate school, it is even more important to keep track of your deadlines to eliminate the last minute rush. In undergrad it may have been possible to stay up all night and crank out a paper, but the depth of research involved in graduate school no longer allows this type of procrastination!