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The Dreaded First Week

The Dreaded First Week

It is the first week of class, also known as syllabus week to most college students. Designers know it is just a coping mechanism we use to put less pressure on ourselves throughout the week. As I go into my first class the syllabus is gone over briefly, but then my professor immediately hands out the project one assignment sheets. In class it completely makes sense what the professor is asking me to design. Unfortunately, creative ideas are nowhere to be found. During the summer my creative juices went to rest and are still sound asleep snoozing in my brain, not quite ready to wake back up. The second class comes around, and I am caught just staring blankly at my professor who is asking for my ideas on the project. I quickly think of an idea to tell my professor knowing it is not one I am going to do for the project. Shortly after my professor nods and moves on, I sit there hopelessly already feeling like I am behind. My weekend is spent looking at a blank artboard until poof an idea. I get to work before my inspiration is gone, yet in the back of my mind I am panicking knowing the first critique is next class. On Monday I will try to remember to breathe knowing it is just the beginning to a long semester for a design student with project after project ahead of me.

The following article on My Daily Campus, a college newspaper ran by the students of Southern Methodist University, that discusses how syllabus week is a myth. My understanding of the article is that syllabus week is a notion that students use as an excuse to put off assignments and homework. Additionally, the notion gives the impression that the first week of class is not that important. I have fallen under the notion myself by putting off doing assignments until that weekend. I believe it is a way of all students coping with starting a new semester by believing in syllabus week when it is time for students to face reality. The first week of class is just as important as any other week especially for designers that are starting first projects or learning new programs.