Major Issue - “What!? You have got to be kidding me, I can’t believe that my class is full, I need this class to graduate or stay on my degree plan.”
Major Key - Calm down, your procrastination may not doom you this time. First look and see if the class is offered at a different time or with a different prof. If that fails, pay a visit to your favorite advisor, in person. Have your story ready because they’ll want to know what took you so long to sign up. With some luck your problem is solved here.
For those still facing closed doors it’s time to go straight to the prof. It never hurts to ask (unless your school policy prohibits it). If the prof is feeling generous you’re set. If the final answer is ‘no’ and the class is not urgent, use the opportunity to take an elective or double dip in your major/minor reqs – always find the silver lining. If the class is urgent, check back in with your advisor and see if there is an alternate you can take in its place. In the future, plan ahead of time and sign up for the popular classes first. It’s best to have at least two versions of your schedule prepared in case a class fills before you get to it.
2. Last Year Wasn’t so Great… Do I Belong Here?
Major Issue - Last semester was hard as H-E-Double Hockey Sticks and I'm not sure I'm cut out for college.
Major Key - First, breathe! It’s okay. We all make mistakes. Heck, I had a 1.5 semester and if I can overcome that, you can overcome anything! Mistakes will make reaching your goals more challenging but not impossible. Take the first few days before classes start and evaluate where you got off track, then WRITE DOWN SEMESTER GOALS FOR:
- Amount of time you will spend studying
- Amount of time you will spend meeting with profs in difficult classes
- Your target GPA
- How you will celebrate once you meet your goals
3. My Roommate Sucks!!
Major Issue - My roomie is not my bestie and by not my bestie, I mean an evil spawn of foolery and shannagins!
Major Key - I think most students have had an “issue” with their roommate at one point or another. It’s bound to happen so don’t fight it. How you deal with the “issue” should be your focus. Before you go to your RA and demand a trade, try actually speaking to your roommate. Whatever the issue is, it can normally be resolved in a win/win situation that requires minimal compromise from both parties involved.
Sleeping habits, boo-thangs (aka significant others), food, cleanliness, and privacy are the most fussed about issues amongst roommates. Taking the time to actually discuss and fill out the Roommate Contract BEFORE you get settled in will save you time, headaches, and from walking in on your roommate playing world of war craft in full armor. Set guidelines early and review them as often as needed, especially when there is change of life status; i.e. Getting boo’d up, joining a fraternity/sorority, starting a job, etc.
In the future, don’t be quick to room with your best friend and don’t leave your living arrangements up to chance either. If you can, try to room with someone who has a similar major, social life, and study habits.
4. I Just Miss My Mommy … I’m Mean I Just Missed My KNEE
Major Issue - You miss home, home cooked meals, your bed at home, your annoying sibling at home, the house rules that you to get on your nerves at home, and even the animated cartoon with Rhianna Home.
Major Key - Being homesick happens. Stop fronting and embrace it. Call your parents and let them know you miss them. They might drop a few dollars in your account.
*Note to readers: please do not manipulate your parents love for a few dollars in your account. If you broke then fix your pockets; word to SchoolBoy Q!!*
Whether you are a freshman or a 6th year senior, missing your parents is a natural and healthy emotion. Don’t tell anyone, but I would shed a few tears every time I left to go back to school. My family was just tight like that. It is important to deal with your emotions in a positive and effective way. Joining an organization, participating in study groups, and organizing a pot luck, are great ways to get a sense of family and community on your campus.
In the future it’s good to plan your trips home for the semester. Not too often but find a number that gives you room to grow but still a brake to look forward to. This way you know when you will see them. It’s all mental and this trick works every time! Also, get your parents to make your favorite meal and then freeze it. When you are really missing home, thaw it out and eat it in front of your roommate. It won’t be exactly the same but it will give you a quick fix until your next visit home.
These 4 Major Issues can be a lot to deal with and can get your semester off to a rough start. Hopefully these #majorkeys will help you navigate through them so you can get back making #LEADERSHIPAVERB.