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Awesome tips to help you get through the school year!

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Whether you’re new to the College of Education & Human Development or a returning student, we’ve got some tips to help you get through the semester and beyond.

We asked around and got some tips from the following folks:

Headshot of Laura FredrickDr. Laura Fredrick

Chair and Professor Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders

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Clinical Assistant Professor
Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Debra Schober-Peterson
Dr. Debra Schober-Peterson
Clinical Professor
Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders
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Hillary MeisterWeb Coordinator
College of Education & Human Development

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CEHD Tech Guy and Ademide Adeoye, our Lead Student Tech Assistant

Profile photo of Walter ThompsonDr. Walt Thompson

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

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Dr. Laura E. MeyersClinical Associate Professor
Early Childhood & Elementary Education

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International Programs

Rhina Fernandes WilliamsDr. Rhina Fernandes Williams

Clinical Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education
Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education

Dr. Nicole Patton-Terry
Nicole Patton TerryAssociate Professor
Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders

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Check out the tips under the following topics:

From Dr. Rhina Fernandes Williams:

  • My best advice for the first week of school is to sit down with each course syllabus and map out on a calendar all the assignments and due dates. If there are any conflicts, be sure to figure out a solution and, if necessary, reach out to your instructor to problem-solve with you. Then, go find all the good places to eat on campus.
  • Also - go to class and be there on time.

From Dr. Laura Fredrick:

  • Get to know your classmates — form study groups, help each other, learn from, support and be kind to each other.

From Dr. Debra Schober-Peterson:

  • Arrive early to campus — parking is crazy the first week of class!
  • Get a planner and use it!

From Dr. Walt Thompson:

  • Go to class, early and often.
  • The most important day of school for young children is the first day. On that first day, they meet their teachers, get their books and get their first assignments. There is no more exciting day in a child’s life.
  • The same is true for college students, regardless of their academic rank or if they're undergraduates or graduate students. Still, some college students seem to believe that missing the first day of class is not a problem because the professor only passes out the syllabus and more often than not, it can be found online somewhere. There is nothing further from the truth.
  • Today, professors are being held accountable more than ever for their students to learn, and to learn from day one.
  • Missing the first day of class is never a good idea. For that rare professor who doesn’t hold a substantive class on the first day s/he is still obligated to take attendance. Your absence will be noted.
  • Just like when you were a child, the first day of class is the most important day. Carpe diem!

From Dr. Laura Meyers:

  • Stay organized. Look up various time management tips, tricks, formats, and tools for keeping track of how you choose to spend your time.
  • On your calendar, digital or old-school day planner, fill in your class schedule and study schedule. And, stick to it.
  • Treat your study schedule like going to a job, because being a student is a full-time job.
  • Breathe. Starting anything new can be extremely overwhelming, and there may be times when you feel like you aren't able to see the finish line. Ask your peers, professors, and advisers for support (support can look a lot of different ways). We're all in this together — your success is our success. #PantherFamily

From Hillary Meister:

  • Please familiarize yourself with the College’s website at http://education.gsu.edu. Each department has their own website, which you can access off the main College site. You can learn about your professors in our online directory, learn about programs in the various departments and read up on all the cool things the College is doing through our news page.
  • You can subscribe to our news feed to get notifications in your email as well as our calendar of events. You have feedback or suggestions for our websites, email [email protected].

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From Sam Daniel:

  • Save your work to a flash drive or to your One Drive as most computers on campus are set to erase whatever you’ve done once you log out.
  • Visit http://technology.gsu.edu to see what’s available to you regarding email, software, campus ID, help, etc. You can familiarize yourself with iCollege and log into your PantherMail account.
  • Learn PantherMail – faculty communicate with students via this student email system so do check your school email often.
  • For help requests, call 404-413-HELP or email [email protected].
  • Make sure you test the technology in classrooms before you do a presentation to be sure the tech there will work with your tech.
  • If you’re working on your EdTPA, do not wait until the last minute to create your videos. Lots of people are checking out equipment and working on computers in that last month. Get your stuff in early to avoid the rush.
  • Be sure to check out the Instructional Technology Center’s computer lab on the 2nd floor in our College. You can get more details about what’s available here at http://itc.gsu.edu/.

From Dr. Katie Simon Kurumada:

  • Remember to breathe! Trying to navigate your new schedule and going through all your new syllabi can be really overwhelming.
  • I love yoga, and one of the best practices I've learned is to inhale through the nose and then release through the mouth for twice as long as you inhaled. It might look and sound a little funny, but it really helps to remind me to take every task one by one and be in the moment. I've been through many, many years of school and wish I'd learned that a lot earlier!

From Dr. Laura Meyers:

  • Seek and create joy. The choices you make each day should bring you joy, so choose to identify the positives and benefits of each experience (even if it's an extra-long lecture). Even when making mistakes (and you will — we all do), find the joy within the teachable moments.

From Dr. Debra Schober-Peterson:

  • Treat yourself to a yummy restaurant meal – or…
  • Eat at Blossom Tree!

From Dr. Nicole Patton Terry:

  • Take a breath! Relax! Go ride the streetcar! The streetcar stops at Woodruff Park, goes around to Centennial Park and other notable places in our backyard. It only costs $1. And you can stop at Sweet Auburn Market for lunch!
  • Get some exercise – take the stairs to the second or third floor instead of riding the elevator!

From Hillary Meister:

  • Make it a point to stand up from your computer, wherever you are, do some stretches and avert your eyes from the screen for a while. Your body will thank you.
  • Enjoy the fact that there is amazing food, coffee and yummies all over campus. Explore the mom and pop shops, restaurants and cafes. Many give GSU students discounts. Get to know the owners!

From Erin Kothari:

  • Rest up — Starting school in the fall is stressful. Don’t forget to take care of your health. College is a marathon not a race.
  • Find your groove — Not only do you need to pick your classes, GSU has many other activities for involvement; campus employment, sports, clubs, recreation center and dorm life to name a few. Find your groove with your classes first, campus involvement will be there when you are ready. It can be overwhelming, but once you find your groove things will fall into place.
  • Cinefest — Need a break? Check out GSU’s movie theater which is free with your student ID. For instance, right now playing is “The Boss” and “The Huntsmen Winter War.” Oh, and don’t forget you can purchase discounted movie tickets in the Student Center.

From Sam Daniel:

  • Do not leave your equipment unattended – this includes laptops, mobile phones or, really, anything – not even for a second.

From Georgia State Security:

First, when you enter our building, you'll be greeted by our security folks. Please say hello to them. Hazel, one of our security guards, offers these tips.

  • Never lay a cell phone down or leave your personal items unattended. Keep your stuff with you at all times.
  • Please do not feel you have to walk to your car, MARTA or anywhere else by yourself in the evening - or anytime you're worried for your safety. Call 404-413-2100 for security escort service. You can even flag one of our golf carts riding around outside if you need a ride.
  • Walk in numbers, if you can. It's especially a good idea at night if you don't wish to use our escort service.
  • Keep in mind our building is open at 7:00 a.m. and the doors lock at 10:30 p.m.

From the CEHD PR Crew:

  • If you have a story to tell, we want to know it! Contact our PR unit at the College and let them know who you are and what you're studying. We love telling stories about our students. Here are our contacts: Angela Turk, Director of Communications, [email protected], 404-413-8114 and Claire J. Miller, Public Relations Specialist, [email protected], 404-413-8118.
  • Read our news page to learn how our College impacts the community and the world.
  • Follow us on social media to keep up with college news, events and other happenings. You may just see your friends on our Facebook page! Here are the links:

Facebook iconhttps://www.facebook.com/CollegeofEducationGSU

Twitter icon https://twitter.com/gsucehd

From Dr. Laura Meyers:

  • Go global. Visit the GSU Study Abroad Office to learn about scholarships that could pay for you to visit China, Uganda, Norway, or another interesting-to-you country while studying at GSU.

From Erin Kothari:

  • Study Abroad — Plan ahead. Now that you have your course for fall. Start thinking about spring. Check out any of the Study Abroad fairs that are held at the University and at our College.

From Erin Kothari:

  • Folks in your class — Your best resources are the students sitting next to you. Take your time to get to know the other students in your classes. They know where the best parking on campus is, who’s hosting a free pizza event or the best times to visit Enrollment Services.
  • Shop around for books — There are many places for students to buy books. Make sure you shop around for the best deal. Suggested places are GSU bookstore, Amazon, check out from the library, talk with your professor before you buy the book for suggestions or try other local school bookstores.
  • Panther Cash saves you money — Adding money to Panther Cash saves you 20% in the Dining halls, 5% in Panther Club food court and Courtyard and 8% on beverages in campus vending machines. You will also need your card for printing. Don’t miss out.
  • Add/drop week — Take your time the first week and try out your classes. It’s like buying clothes. If you don’t like the class, don’t buy it. Take your time and shop around.

From Dr. Laura Meyers:

  • Chat with your professors. During the first three weeks of class, stop by your professors' office hours. Introduce yourself, ask a question about an assignment, and share why you opted to take his/her class (try to avoid saying that it was required or allowed you to sleep later). And, ask a question that helps you get to know your professor (they're human too).
  • Participate in extracurricular opportunities at GSU. Explore activities. lectures, conferences, and organizations that relate to your interests or major. Plus, it's a great way to challenge yourself, try something new, think in new ways and make new friends, colleagues, and mentors.

From Dr. Nicole Patton Terry:

  • The College offers lots of research and outreach. Check out all of the places where you might find opportunities. You can get involved with national experts and leaders in the field in various areas of research. Find ways to contribute to our local community.
  • Talk to Stacy French-Lee, the director of the Child Development Centers on campus to see if you can volunteer or help out or play with our youngest Georgia State students.

From the College:

  • While you're waiting for the elevator, please take note of the menu board on the wall opposite the elevator. That will help you figure out what's on each floor.
  • Take a look at our brand spankin' new, high-tech, state-of-the-art monitor. It's HUGE! And will tell you about things going on around the college and campus.