Welcome back everyone! Wow, what a difference it makes having all of the students back on campus. While it was nice to have some time over the summer to plan (and for those of us new folks, to help learn more about SU), it really is this time of year that the excitement kicks in. I thought I could take a moment today to address a mistake that I have seen several students make in this first week of the semester (otherwise known as “Syllabus Week”). All too often, students take a casual approach to their academics at this time. I have even seen students who have not even opened a textbook until the first week is over! If anything I have described pertains to you, I hope that you will hear my advice.

The first week of classes can be one of the most important of the semester. You can choose to stay on top of readings and assignments, or you can choose to spend the rest of the semester fighting to get caught up. I don’t want to advise anyone from not enjoying this exciting time; on the contrary, the University has a number of exciting events for SU students to take advantage of (see this flyer for more details). What I am saying, though, is that it is important that you make smart academic choices this week that will help you as the semester progresses!