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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 2019-2020 planner.
  • Begin to check your SMSU email daily. (As a reminder, this is how SMSU faculty & staff will communicate with you.)
  • Stay “in the know” with campus news and events by making SMSU Today your homepage:
  • Participate in Mustang Gold Rush Days August 22-25, 2019 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 Student Success & Advising Center 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 the SMSU McFarland Library and take a look around all four floors to see the services, collections, and study areas that are available to you!
  • Meet minimum payment criteria to stay enrolled in classes by Friday, August 30th. (Click here for more details.)
  • Finalize fall semester class schedule by Friday, August 30th. (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:
  • Stop by the Student Success & Advising Center in Individualized Learning (IL) 224 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!
  • Attend the 'Part-Time Job & Career Fair' in the upper level Student Center on Tuesday, August 27th from 11:30am-1:30pm.
  • Get involved on campus and attend the annual club/organization fair in the upper level Student Center on Wednesday, September 4th from 11:00am-1:00pm.
  • 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:
  • 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 7th annual Mustang Success Night for new first-year students on Thursday, September 12th in the upper level Conference Center. 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), (D2L Brightspace), Math Learning Center (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 20-22, 2019. 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:

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 Student Success & Advising Center 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:

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 30th. (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 12th 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:

Last Modified: 7/1/19 11:29 AM