The great thing about the fall is that we get a fresh start on academic success. Most important questions to have answered by Monday morning: 1) is my schedule complete? Even if it is not, make every effort to attend all class meetings, whether or not you are formally enrolled. 2) check out each course on Blackboard and download the syllabus. Begin thinking about what you will learn and how you will use the information you receive. 3) have a notebook and pen ready to take to each class. Don't fall for the myth that nothing important happens on the first day. 4) plan on getting to each class early enough to get a front row seat. Now, get a good night's sleep and make sure you have set your alarm. Have a great semester!
So, was your spring semester as successful as you envisioned it would be last January. If you answered "yes," congratulations! If "no," now us the perfect time to begin preparations for your next classes. Are you already registered? Have you reviewed your degree audit? If you need to contact your advisor, remember that summer orientation for freshmen begins this week; many advisors will be tied up with that program. Here's a tip: they typically don't advise on Mondays, so that day might give you the best opportunity to discuss your plans.
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