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First Six Weeks Checklist

Your First Six Weeks as a Mustang - Fall Semester
 


Week Before Classes Begin

  • Print your class schedule.
  • Purchase textbooks and necessary school supplies.
  • Explore campus and the city of Marshall.
  • Purchase a 2016-2017 planner.
  • Begin to check your SMSU email daily. (As a reminder, this is how SMSU faculty & staff will communicate with you.)
  • Read Student Health 101's Orientation issue, by visiting: http://readsh101.com/go2smsu.html and sign up to receive the SH 101's electronic magazine via text message by texting "SMSU" to 40691 (Standard text message rates may apply.)
  • Stay “in the know” with campus news and events by making SMSU Today your homepage: http://www.smsu.edu/today/
  • Participate in Mustang Gold Rush Days August 18-21, 2016 to make friends, meet SMSU faculty/staff, but most of all to have fun and help ease your transition into SMSU.
  • Build a relationship with your Resident Assistant & Orientation Leader.
  • Follow the Office of Student Success on Twitter! @SMSUSuccess

Week 1

  • Go to class.
  • Read the syllabus for each of your classes thoroughly. Understand what professors expect from you as a student.
  • Get organized by entering the due dates of class projects, papers, assignments, exams into your planner from each of your course syllabi.
  • Stop in at the SMSU McFarland Library Reference Desk for a fortune cookie. Hang on to your fortune as the reference librarians' contact information will come in handy when you're required to do research for your classes.
  • Meet minimum payment criteria to stay enrolled in classes by Friday, August 26th. (Click here for more details.)
  • Finalize fall semester class schedule by Friday, August 26th. (This is the last day you can add or drop classes with a refund.)
  • Review the Resource Guide for Mustang Success to become familiar with available support services at SMSU should you need to access them at any time: https://issuu.com/smsu/docs/resourceguidefinal_e1a33886ec3747/1
  • Stop by the Office of Student Success in Student Center 231 if you have any questions or concerns about your college experience.
  • Surround yourself with positive role models and friends.

Week 2

  • Go to class.
  • Get to know your professors by introducing yourself during their scheduled office hours or before/after class. Building this relationship is key to your success!
  • Get involved on campus and attend the annual club/organization fair in the upper level Student Center on Wednesday, August 31st from 11:00am-1:00pm.
  • Attend the part-time job fair & ice cream social in the Bellows Academic Quad (inclement weather location - upper SC) on Wednesday, August 31st from 2:00-4:00pm.
  • If you did not meet your Academic Advisor during Gold Rush Days, it is important that you schedule a time to do so. (Advisor information can be found on your DARS report and in e-services. Contact information can be found using the following website: http://www.smsu.edu/directory/)
  • Set personal & academic goals. Give yourself something to strive for this semester!
  • Be open to making new friends in your classes. Remember, some of these friends could be a helpful study buddy in the future.

Week 3

  • Go to class.
  • Attend the 4th annual Mustang Success Night for new students on Thursday, September 8th from 6:30-9:00pm in the upper level Conference Center. Popcorn! Keynote Speaker! Support Services Fair! Prizes!
  • If you find yourself into a bind, don’t forget to utilize our helpful resources made available to you on campus.
  • Seek tutoring help if needed in the Academic Commons (IL 224), Math Lab (IL 224), Writing Center (BA 527), or Speech Center (BA 527).
  • Attend a club/organization meeting that is of interest to you.
  • Talk to family members and make plans to attend SMSU’s Family Weekend on September 16-18, 2016. A schedule of events can be found by clicking here.
  • Enhance your college experience by seeking out volunteer opportunities in the Marshall community by clicking here.
  • Visit the SMSU Civic Engagement website to learn about additional ways you can make a difference in our community: http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/civicengagement/

Week 4

  • Go to class.
  • Prep for any upcoming quizzes or exams. (Did you know you should spend two hours studying for every hour in class?)
  • Schedule a meeting with the Office of Student Success or Early Alert Intervention Team Member if you received an alert in any of your classes. (You will be notified via SMSU email and/or phone if applicable).
  • Take a break. Visit downtown Marshall to shop and dine with friends: http://marshall-mn.org/main/

Week 5

  • Go to class.
  • Take care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising a ½ hour 3-5 times a week, and getting 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Participate in campus events and activities.
  • Visit local parks and bike trails to check out the beautiful fall colors and scenery. (Camden State Park is within 15 minutes and Garvin Park is within 20 minutes from Marshall.)

Week 6

  • Go to class. (You are half-way through the semester… Don’t stop now!)
  • Pay your tuition bill by Monday, September 26th. (If you are on a SMSU payment plan, $30 charge will apply and 1/2 of your total account balance must be paid.)
  • Touch base with your professors to discuss your grade and determine what strategies are necessary to finish the semester strong.
  • Evaluate what changes need to occur to meet your goals that you set for yourself during week two.
  • Celebrate being a Mustang and show your brown & gold pride on Saturday, October 1st for SMSU Homecoming! (Don’t forget to check out all the pre-homecoming festivities all week.)
  • If you are an undeclared major, consider meeting with Career Services (BA 156) or simply utilize the FOCUS tool on their website to help you identify possible career paths: http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/careerservices/
     

 

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