Welcome – and welcome back – to Dean, Bulldogs! We’ve been counting down the days until the fall semester starts all summer long, and now that it’s finally here, it’s time to make sure you start the semester off on the right foot. Whether you’re just starting your college career or are kicking off your senior year, here are a few tips for making sure this semester is a successful one.

Get Organized

Grab your planner – it’s time to get organized. Write down all the key dates for the semester, including assignments, tests, deadlines and events so you know what’s coming. Read through your syllabus for each class and make sure you understand what you need and what’s expected of you. Plan out a weekly schedule for schoolwork, studying, extracurricular activities and time to relax and have fun. Getting organized right from the start will help keep you on track all semester long.

Get Involved

College isn’t just about your classes – it’s also about stepping outside your comfort zone and becoming who you are meant to be. One of the best ways to do this is to get involved. With over 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s plenty of ways to make friends, pursue your passions, step into a leadership role and build your skills. Attend the student involvement fair, keep an eye on Today@Dean for meetings and events to attend, audition for a performance, cheer on your favorite sports team and so much more. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always start your own club!

Meet With Your Advisor

At Dean, every student has a dedicated Success and Career Advisor to help guide you every step of the way. Make sure you schedule time at the beginning of the semester to meet with your advisor. If you’re a new student, together you’ll make a plan to help you accomplish your academic, personal and career goals. If you’re a returning student, then you’ll check in on how things are going and update your plan accordingly. Throughout the semester, they’ll also work with you on your classes, your career preparation and so much more.

Take Advantage of Resources

If you need a little extra help, there are plenty of resources available to support you. Through the Morton Family Learning Center and the Theodore and Cynthia Berenson Center for Writing, Mathematics and Presentation Excellence, you’ll find an abundance of academic resources, such as peer tutoring, professional tutoring, academic coaching and more across all majors and disciplines. The Office of Accessibility Services is available to provide assistance and accommodations to any student with a documented disability or need. The Health and Counseling Services department offers health care and mental health support services right on campus. And of course, all your faculty and staff members are always available to answer questions and guide you to the right place.

Have Fun

Most importantly, remember to have fun amidst all the busyness of the semester. Make sure you leave time to hang out with your friends, go to an event or activity, explore Franklin or Boston and Providence nearby, and simply relax. These four years will go by fast – be sure to enjoy it!

Learn more about student life at Dean.