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September 14, 2009 4:56 AM

Fall 09 has begun!

School has begun again! Hopefully everyone got the classes they wanted or needed. If you really don't think you can get into a class and you've already e-mailed the professor without much luck, drop by Mulford to get some advising on what courses would make a good substitute. The budget cuts have made classes much more difficult to get into, but there are lots of advisors to help you get your schedule worked out to the best it can be, and they/ we are more than happy to help!

It's getting to that first quiz/ first Homework is due time and turning in first assignments can be scary, since you might not be positive what your Professor wants. If you have a GSI for the class e-mail them any questions you have about grading, or drop by their office hours, or your professors office hours for smaller classes, and they should be able to clear up any questions you may have. Start studying for tests early, and try not to write you essays the night before the are due! Stressed work at the middle of the night is probably not your best, so mark when everything is due on your calendar and get to work early! I put everything into one planner so I know when my extracurriculars are going to impact my school work time. Even though it can be a little daunting to fill up your days with assignment due dates, make yourself do it, and you will be happy you did rather than waking up one morning to realize you have a quiz later that afternoon you forgot about!

It's also around the time where you might have put off going to a professor or GSI's office hours even though you have questions. Professors and GSI's hold office hours just for students, and are happy to answer your questions. It can be intimidating to go see professors, especially in huge classes, but you will be happy you did. I am normally very shy about going to see professors, but every time I have gone to office hours they have been friendly, and very helpful. Professors like talking to students who are interested in the subject, and care enough about the course to come and see them. If you really can't make a professors office hours or you can make an appointment to see them. Having a appointment with a professor can see very scary, however if you get your questions together and know what you want to ask going in, it will be less stressful and can be a great opportunity to get to know a professor better one-on-one.

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