As time would have it, the Fall 2019 academic semester is officially underway. From our student apartments in Kent to the Kent State University community, we’d like to formally welcome you back to our favorite city in Ohio, and our favorite university in the country! 

For many, summer was a time of rest and relaxation, and for others, summer served as the perfect opportunity to travel and adventure around the world. Hey, when you’re not constrained by classes, work, or just a tight schedule, the freedom and autonomy can be quite liberating and refreshing. 

Our Student Apartment Community Is Here To Support Your Best Semester To Date!

Other KSU community members may have stuck around Kent during the summer and worked or knocked out some summer credits to get ahead before the fall semester. However you spent your summer, Kent’s Best Apartments truly hopes that you thoroughly enjoyed your time. We also hope that you’re ready for a seamless transition to yet another semester of learning, discovery, fun, mistakes, introductions, stress, and so forth…you know, college! 

Below, in today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at four critical mistakes we advise all college students to avoid during the start of the semester. Remember, it’s important to start out strong so that you can finish strong. Keep reading below to learn more! 

4 Big Mistakes To Avoid As We Settle Into The Semester

Mistake #1: Skipping Class During “Syllabus Week” 

Okay, yes…the first week of the semester usually consists of professors doing a run-down of the course syllabus and providing a high-level, general overview of what to expect and what material you’ll cover over the course of the semester. Will your attendance during syllabus week make or break your grades this semester? Probably not, but it’s important to make sure that you’re present during the first week of school. Here’s why. 

The very beginning of the semester is the ideal time to make good impressions. Without being strange or overly friendly, now is the time to meet new people, including fellow students, your TAs, and of course, your professor. Sure, your professor is likely very busy, but they’re here to serve you, the student. In fact, you’re paying for their instruction, guidance, and attention, so you may as well flex that tuition and utilize your resources. 

So, if you really care about excelling this semester, do yourself a favor and get to know your professors. Briefly introduce who you are, what your intentions are, and what you’d like to do with the new information and knowledge gained from this course. This is especially important if you’re a freshman or sophomore and you haven’t had the time or experience to properly establish who you are in your academic department. 

Mistake #2: Failing To Organize and Prepare

A surefire way to set yourself up for success is to start the semester organized: new binders, folders, pencils, pens, even a well-organized cloud-based storage system (i.e. Google Drive) with separate folders for each of your classes. Conversely, a surefire way to set yourself up for missed or forgotten assignments is to waltz into your first week of classes with nothing but a smartphone in your pocket and a smug smile on your face. 

You’re here to learn, and you’re probably paying good money to do so. So take it seriously! And if you’re still in need of school supplies or things to make your student apartment cozier, don’t worry. It’s not too late to get on top of everything before the semester really picks up pace. 

Mistake #3: Socializing In Favor Of Studying

College, especially as an undergrad, is probably the best time period in your life to let loose and have fun. And by “socializing,” you know what we really mean. 

It’s important to cultivate new relationships, personally and professionally. Despite the importance of connections (which will take you far in your career, by the way), the real reason you’re here is to advance your knowledge as it pertains to your desired career. We’re probably coming across as a broken record here, but it’s true — college is, ultimately, a time to buckle down and discipline yourself when it’s appropriate. 

You’ll find that one of the main challenges of the undergraduate college experience isn’t necessarily in time management itself, but in discipline, i.e. knowing when to say “no.” So, if you want a solid start to the semester, reinforce positive studying habits and moderate your social life by making sure that you’re allocating enough time and energy to diving into your courses. 

Mistake #4: Not Meeting New People

At the expense of sounding contradictory, there are plenty of times in college when it’s very important to branch out, meet new folks, and take a chance by saying “yes,” even when you’re agreeing to something that may be a little outside of your comfort zone. Who knows what’ll come of your agreement? Think of our sentiment here as akin to Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

You don’t want to look back on your time in college and think about what could have been. Instead, we want you to reminisce on what actually happened. 

Your Education Supported By Our Student Apartment Community In Kent

The Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, and Whitehall Terrace apartments are all here to help you have the best semester to-date. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact Kent’s best Apartments. Happy studying and enjoy your time! 

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