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My name is Jolene Drblik. I am a recent graduate from Loyola University New Orleans. I majored in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies. My passions include Psychology, Social Media, and New Technologies; especially their usage in the workplace. I am currently working as a Social Media Strategist for a non-profit organization and am designing and developing a mobile application for my alma mater’s School of Mass Communication. I plan to further my education, pursuing a M.A. degree in I/O Psychology. Connect with me at


It is the beginning of September. You have been in school a week or two at best. You’re into the Back-to-School swing of things, or you are still adjusting—stuck in that transitional phase between summer days and attending class two or three times a day. Either way, everyone wants to have a successful semester—even if you have gotten off to a bit of a slow start, it is not too late to turn it around.


Whether it is your first year attending a College or University or you have returned this Fall to attend your third or fourth semester, this Back-to-School Bucket List can help make this your best semester yet!


  1. Make your face known.

This applies to your professors individually, your dean, the department of your major, and of course your advisor! Don’t be just another face. It is hard enough for professors to get names right the first few weeks of class, so make it easy on them. Go visit! It is a good idea to have a question or two when you visit during office hours. It does not need to be an in depth philosophically thought out question though. Keep it short and sweet. After all, everyone is busy at the start of the school year. Believe me when I say these little interactions really do go a long way. Making yourself a familiar face greatly increases your chances of a professor, dean, or department going that extra mile for you when you need it; and you never know when you might need it.


  1. Go to the Career Development Center.

No matter your year, it is never to early to start planning or at the very least brainstorming about your future. Undeclared major? Not sure what you want to do post graduation? The Career Development Center can help with that! Known exactly what you wanted to be since you were 12? The Career Development Center can help with that, too!


  1. Connect with classmates.

Do you know the name of at least one person in each of your classes? If you miss class do you have their Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat or cell phone info handy so you can get those notes from yesterday or last week when you were not in attendance? Don’t be fooled by the seemingly accurate predictability of the course syllabus. Unless you were present, you cannot be positive your professor hasn’t decided to move the test date or added an additional assignment or decided he really wants to make sure everyone in class is actually reading the assigned readings—so he announced the ‘pop’-quiz he plans to give at the beginning of the next class. We all know how extremely important it is to stay up to date in our classes. Better yet, how extremely important it is to have a classmate who can fill in the blanks for you if and when you find yourself in need of doing some catch up.


Already completed all 3 items on the Bucket List? Keep up the good work! You are well on your way to ensuring you get the most out of your education. After all, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it, right? Right.

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