Congrats freshman! You’ve made it! …to the day before classes start. Did you think we would leave you hanging once NSO was over? We considered that option, but decided in the end that, gosh darn it, you deserve it! Didn’t Amy G tell you you’re Penn’s best and brightest?
So here you are: everything you need to know to avoid the dunce cap on your first day.
1. Don’t Bring All Of Your Textbooks
Relax, kid! The first day of classes is not the first day of classes, per se. It’s more of a meet and greet where your professor tries to communicate that they’re one of those “cool” professors by making it rain with syllabi, playing a funny youtube video, and then shrugging with a look that says “that’s all I got”, followed by a few upperclassmen high-fiving and packing their stuff up like they’re on a super toy run.
If a professor does try and tell you to turn to page 270 on day one of class, drop the class immediately. You deserve better, girl. Read the rest of this entry »
You’re studying for finals in classes you currently can’t stand but were once optimistic about. So procrastinate by signing up for new and exciting classes to eventually hate and avoid studying for. Assuming you pick your classes based on advertising, here are some well publicized classes from which to choose:
The Doll (GRMN 273 / COML 276)
Which doll? That doll. It is teaching the class.
[Disclaimer: Papyrus is such a joke. So is this post.] Have you ever looked at how many classes are offered at Penn each semester? A buttload! One whole buttload. And it’s overwhelming! If you’re like us and haven’t finalized your classes for next semester (or haven’t picked out any at all)– or even if you have– let UTB direct you to the raddest courses offered in upcoming spring term.
LING444: Abnowmal Speech Pattewns
Instructor: Rebecca Stein
Description: Faw hundweds of yeaws, humans have noticed stwange and bizawwe speech pattewns in theiw neighbows. Accents awe not mewely choices but symptoms of the fwagile psychological constwucts of the wespective enviwoment, as this lectuwe aims to show. Also: Pwofits.
Here is a list of anything and everything in the College you can double-count for a Foundational Approach and Sector requirement for next semester. We know, right?! A huge thanks goes out to the Penn STEP club for originally tweeting this, and the mysterious “Pavel” associated with PennApps who produced this report. Sorry about the formatting: the raw data can be found here.
Coursekit, the start-up media darling founded by three Penn students, officially goes legit today. Want to try it out? The current advertised way is to nag your professors so they’ll adopt it for next semester (unless you’re a professor yourself, in which case you can sign up the service for your class).
However, we did a little Gonooping (we made that word up, it’s google+snooping) and found a public class on Coroporate Valuation offered at NYU by Aswath Damodaran. You can check out everything about how a class actually functions on the site at the public course page here. If that kind of stuff interests you and you want to actually enroll for the remainder of the semester (you can’t get NYU credit, sorry), use the code FHGN2P. Then you can annoy your Penn professors to join. Check out their into video after the jump!