Freak Week Next Week!

Locate parking. Add classes. Buy books. Calendar exams. See friends. Rise early. Pay fees. Study late. Stand in line. Read syllabi. Find classes. Meet professors. Take notes. Start readings . . . Repeat all week.

Any advice for someone who is going through this for the first time?

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12 Responses to Freak Week Next Week!

  1. Dianne Purves says:

    My advice – find where all your classes are being held. The buildings are often oddly numbered! Also, email your teachers with any questions you have.
    Dianne (biology teacher)

  2. Tina Marie Gimple says:

    As a student, I always found where my classes were located prior to the first day of class. The topography can be challenging for students and it can also take time to walk from one end of campus to the other if your classes are that distance apart. Don’t open shrink-wrapped textbooks prior to the first class meeting, it just may be the wrong book or you might not actually need it.


  3. Know your schedule.
    Who is your instructor? Which course is it? Which room is it in? Which day does your class meet?
    When you ask for assistance in finding your class you will need to know each of these items so that staff can help you to locate where you should be.
    Get a syllabus for each class and read it….read it again….and read it again. Don’t show up late to class….you miss so much in the beginning. Most of all, don’t be afraid to ask questions. We have all been there and will be happy to answer your questions.

    • bryanreece says:

      I would like to underscore Frances’ comment on asking questions. This is very important. I know what it is like to be in a room with strangers and how uncomfortable it is to ask questions in that environment. But the question you have is probably one that many have. Asking it will not only help you, it will help everyone else who is also reluctant to ask the question.

  4. T.L. Brink says:

    Contact your instructor (email is probably the best). Begin by identifying yourself by name and section (not just “a student in one of your classes”). Ask what should be done prior to the first class meeting. Ask about office hours. (It is much better to meet early in the semester and get started on your project with the professor’s guidance). Make sure that your professor knows about any constraints you have (e.g., disabilities, military duty) so you can work around those.

    • bryanreece says:

      Professor Brink raises a key point. Get to know your professors as “people.” Try to establish a one-on-one relationship with them. It won’t happen with all of them, but you will end up establishing a strong relationship with one or two at least and likely remember them the rest of your life. I remember several influential faculty members in my life and I was an undergrad over 30 years ago!

  5. Norma C. Rodriguez says:

    This is a great question Dr. Reece…working with students who have external barriers (cultural, language, immigrants and first generation college students) I tell my students to start building their college networks immediately….by “hooking-up” with students that they feel comfortable with, seeking out college staff for support, ask, ask and keep asking questions until you gain understanding, most importantly get to know their professors…a must. For my ‘shy” students I advice them to make appt to meet privately with their professors, get to know them, ask them question that they cannot ask in class and have them get to know them…after all professors are human too… I agree with Professor Brink…students who make this connection will not feel like simply a number….

    • bryanreece says:

      Nice to hear from you Norma. Right on the money. In big, mass education institutions, we all need to work on keeping things at human scale. This includes students. Students need to make deliberate efforts to get to know other students, staff and faculty. You will not regret it.

  6. Jessica Mc says:

    Empower yourselves by taking ownership of your education by taking advantage of the abundance of information that your professors make available to you on Blackboard and that the campus provides on the CHC website! It is such a great thing to know that you hold all of the college and course information and requirements in your “hands”! Taking the time to review this information sets you up for success as a part of our campus community as well as in your courses. This allows you to make informed choices about the course, your overall course load and assists you in balancing it all with efficient time management. This also fills you in on all of the activities and services available to you that can enrich your time on campus. We are all here to help you so reach out to any of us anytime!
    Remember…. you are in the right place.. you belong here.. don’t forget to BREATHE… 🙂

  7. Robert L. O'Toole says:

    Arrive on campus early. Wear good hiking shoes – we will have another edition of the “three peaks challenge.” Smile a lot. Help each other. And know we will survive this bit of excitement as we have everything else. A quote from long ago – “I used to have a lot of stress in my life; but I feel a whole lot better now that I call it excitement!”

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