What happened to syllabus week?

Each semester, college students all over the country cherish the time known as “syllabus week.” Unlike the rest of the weeks of a college semester, syllabus week is very low maintenance because it is the first week. For my first five semesters, my syllabus weeks were very similar to what I have just described. It wouldn’t be until week two or three that the pressure of each class began to increase. This semester, that has changed.

Now that I have completed syllabus week for this semester, it’s clear that the classes I am taking now are much more challenging than classes I have taken in the past. The in-class activities, homework, and overall course content has become increasingly more advanced. This semester, I am also involved in some internships that began in week one. From my perspective, syllabus week has taken on a new meaning.

Looking back, I realize that I loved the whole experience of my unusually difficult syllabus week. I am engaged in upper division classes that are teaching me new and exciting content that I care about. The internships that I am involved with are giving me hands-on experience that are preparing me for a future in the industry that I love.

College is all about perspective. A challenging moment can be a moment of growth and opportunity if viewed with a positive outlook. In fact, this syllabus week reminded me of why I chose Illinois in the first place: to take on new challenges that will help me grow as an individual. Busy schedules, advanced course content, and countless projects build perseverance, and ultimately, character. I welcome the challenges and opportunities of this semester. I realize that it will be worth it in the end, and it will all help to take me where I want to go with my career.

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