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Do’s and Don’ts: The First Weeks of School

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Iowa chapter.

Everyone knows that the first few weeks of school are by far the roughest, professors loading on homework and reading desperately trying to get rid of ‘syllabus week.’ It’s always hard adjusting to a new schedule with different professors, different locations and possibly a new home! Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to get you started on new semester and a new you!

Do: Find the bus schedule that is nearest to where you live. Who knows when you’ll be late or when it’s raining cats and dogs outside and your umbrella has seemingly disappeared. Always have the bus schedule handy for a quick way to get downtown or to class!

Don’t: Wake up five minutes before class. Taking a shower and eating breakfast are a great ways to get the day started. Missing out on these vital morning essentials can easily put you in a slump. Another great thing to do to prepare for the morning is getting your backpack ready and a possible outfit out for the day the night before. It’s a great way to be organized and efficient when waking up early.

Do: Read assigned readings and chapters during ‘Syllabus’ week. Even though it can be tough reading introduction after introduction to each of your classes, it is important in helping you understand material that will be covered later in the semester. Also, it’s an easy way to see if this class if right for you and if you should be taking it.

Don’t: Buy you books before classes begin. Many professors don’t use the books they assign and will tell you the first day of class it is not required to get them. Many professors are required to have a text, but many only use slideshows and handouts. By waiting until class starts you will save your time and money.
Do: Ask questions! If you have a question about where a new class is or even where the building is don’t be afraid to ask a friendly face on campus or in a nearby building. Chances are most students around this building have had class there before and can direct you where to go.

Don’t: Carry a map of campus around with you. Not to be rude, but it’s dorky! And, you never where you’re going with your eyes glued to a map. Take a look at your class schedule on ISIS and by clicking on classroom number and building a map will pop up showing you exactly where the classroom is located. Try and remember the general area, and once you get close… DO ask for help!

The first few weeks of school can be intimidating, but hopefully with these helpful hints you will get by a bit more smoothly. 

Nicole Lumbreras is a junior at University of Iowa, class of 2012, studying Journalism and Sociology. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Nicole loves to explore new restaurants, see live music and attend sporting events. Nicole loves to travel, dance, write in her blog and takes pleasure in the art of photography. Nicole loves to spend time with her friends and family, and when time allows she will get her fill of Bad Girls Club, Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, and Grey's Anatomy. Nicole recently got foot surgery and rediscovered running; her goal is to run a half marathon before she is 25. After college she plans to move into the city (Chicago) with a American bulldog, attend graduate school at night and hopefully write for Chicago Magazine or another fun and upcoming project.