5 Ways to Make your Day-to- Day Schedule Less Painful

By: Marisa Borreggine Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of Washington Set aside a Syllabus Day At the beginning of every quarter, I sit down with each syllabus for my new classes and schedule like no one ever has. Take it one syllabus at a time and check out the schedule the teacher has laid out and write down your homework (reading assignments, due dates, test dates) for every day of that quarter. That way you don’t have to think about that assignment or fear missing a deadline until the day you’ve scheduled yourself to think about it! It lifts a great weight off your shoulders and makes you feel so much more prepared for the class you’re walking into Addendum to Syllabus Day Whilst putting together the aforementioned beautiful syllabus that will make your life 1000x easier, remember that assigned homework is not the only thing you need to stay on top of! I put test dates in a big highlighted box for each class, then backtrack two to three weeks in my agenda and write ‘make a study schedule.’ It’s hard to predict what kind of studying you’ll need to do for a class early on, or even for …

The Email to Write Before Your College Visit

By: Josh Kaplan Campus Sherpa Blog Contributor, Northwestern University  Looking to make the most out of your college visit? Connect with the people that will guide your academic experience: the professors. Each part of this process will help you build your skills as a college applicant. Plus, the relationships you form with these professors may serve you for years to come, so let’s get started. First, you have to find a few classes that interest you. Here’s a straightforward way to hone in on a few key courses. You don’t need to know your intended major; just take a peek at the available ones, and make a list of subjects that sound fun or useful. Next, find the department websites that correspond with the majors you selected. Every department at every institution should provide a list of classes online. While browsing the sometimes daunting catalogs, look for the course names that really jump out. Personally, looking for ones that brought two or more subjects together (e.g. Film and Politics in the Middle East) helped limit my list. The more niche of a department you look into, the more likely the professor is to respond, so give extra weight to these …