I looooooo0000OOOove the first week of class. Nothing gets me goin’ more than highlighting assignment deadlines, meeting new teachers, finally using my planner….the good stuff, y’all. Here are 5 things you MUST. DO. the first week of class if you want to be successful this semester. No pressure.
1. Print out syllabi.
This HAS to be the first thing you do. Seriously. Everything else after this #1 can go in whatever order, but before the semester starts, PLEASE print out the syllabus for each class! And then bring it. To class. Duh.
2. Email your teachers!
I always like to shoot each teacher an email after their first class, introduce myself, and let them know I’m looking forward to the class. You might think its “teachers pet” to do so, but as the daughter of two professors, your teachers appreciate the small stuff more than you know! Sending an email will help put a name to your face so when you approach them after class one day, they’ll remember how sweet you were in your message! Usually, the email goes a little something like this:
Hi Professor (or Dr.),
My name is (insert first and last name here) and I am in your (insert class here) on (insert class day and time here). I wanted to reach out to introduce myself and let you know that I am very excited for this semester! (Then I usually say something quick that relates to the class, like…. “I am a Public Health major, so I am looking forward to hearing more about _________” or something like “In class you mentioned __________; I volunteered with ______ so I know a lot about _________!” Thank you, and I look forward to your class!
3. Clean your room.
Having your room clean before you go to bed every night is like having a fresh start when you wake up each morning! Making sure everything is clean and in its place the first week of class is SO important in order to eliminate unnecessary stress as you’re trying to figure out your classes!
4. Call home.
You know your family is waiting – give mom or dad a call and let them know that you’re alive and you’ve made it through the first week! Just 10 minutes on the phone will mean more to them than they’ll ever let on.
5. Write down all assignments and their deadlines.
Whenever I get all of my syllabi (see #1), I like to sit and write every deadline down on a tracker. As I work my way through the semester, I check off assignments and its such a great visual for counting down until the end! Because I think you’re awesome, I’m sharing the tracker I use FO FREE! I’ve also included a cute little contact sheet so you can write down all of your class info in one place. You are welcome.
Let me know how you like it! And GOOD LUCK with your first week! I know you’ll be fine.
Any other tips for starting the semester? Share below!