This Week’s [OUS Events]

Welcome back from Fall Break! OUS has three great events this week:

The Washington Center Info Session
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 11:30am-2:00pm, Falvey Library 205

  • For over 35 years, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has helped more than 50,000 students from around the world gain valuable experience, and set them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities. In a recent survey, 98% of TWC interns said our program significantly strengthened their career prospects. Now, our alumni are leaders in virtually every field — public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more.
  • Attend an informational session with representatives from the program and learn how to apply for academic credit.
  • Please register here.

BYOL: How to Find and Internship
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Falvey Library Room 205

  • Bring your own laptop and learn how to search, prepare for, and apply to internship opportunities. This event is co-hosted by the Office of Internships and Career Services.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • For more information:
BRIDGE Society – Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Speed & Networking Event
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Dougherty Hall East Lounge
  • The power of networking is readily underestimated among college students. This event provides students with the opportunity to practice their networking skills with communication professionals.
  • Learn about opportunities in communications including the following areas: Advertising, Marketing, Special Events, Social Media Marketing, and Public Relation.
  • Registration is required: here.

Already Overwhelmed! [Ask The OREO]

Dear Oreo,

It’s only the second week of classes and I’m feeling overwhelmed. I’m so busy, I barely have time to do anything but study. I’m doing all of the reading and going to class, but I still feel like I don’t know what is going on in some of my classes. How do I know what’s important and what’s not? The professor isn’t lecturing on the assigned reading. I have a quiz next week, I don’t know what to do!



Dear Whelmed,

First, if you’re doing all of the reading and going to class, you’ve got a good start. Figuring out how everything fits together – the lecture, lab, readings, etc. – can be more complicated.

Your best bet is to go talk to your professor. Every professor holds “Office Hours.” These times should be listed on your syllabus. You can email your professor to let them know that you are coming, or you can just show up. If the times listed don’t work for you, email your professor to make an appointment.

Professors are there to help. They enjoy the topic they are teaching and would be happy to discuss your concerns. Professors design courses in a certain way. They can explain the best way to approach the subject and course content.

If you have big picture study concerns, think about contacting or visiting Learning Support Services. They offer workshops on time management skills, study strategies, academic reading, learning styles, test taking, and test anxiety. You can also schedule weekly sessions to help you organize. Also, there are weekly Homework Help sessions available or Introductory Chemistry and Physics courses.

Finally, you should feel free to contact your advisor. They are there to help you work through these issues and may have additional tips.

Have a good weekend!

How do I Drop/Add? [Ask The Oreo]

Dear Oreo,

So I’ve gone to a few classes and I’m not really sure I like/need/can handle all of them. I don’t know if it’s the best idea for me to take three English classes in one semester. That’s probably going to be a lot of reading and writing. What should I do to change my schedule around? How long do I have to decide which classes I am taking?


Inquisitively Indecisive

Dear Indecisive,

You’ve got a few days to figure out your Fall schedule. The drop/add period is the first five days of the semester. It’s awesome that you’re taking the time to think about how your schedule will set you up to succeed.

Incoming freshman should should speak with their advisor to fill out a paper form available in the Office for Undergraduate Students. Advisors can help you determine which classes are best for you to take this semester. This process must be completed by 5:00pm on Friday, August 31st.

For everyone else, you may drop and add classes through myNOVA until Monday, September 3rd. And, for future reference, check out the Schedulr program to help you visualize and plan your class schedule.

Enjoy your second day!

First day of class panic!? [Ask The OREO]

Dear Oreo,

It’s the first day of classes and I have no idea what to do. How do I find where my classes meet? How do I know when my classes meet? What will professors expect of me? I haven’t even bought books yet. Help!


Manic Monday Panic

Dear Manic Monday,

These are all normal questions for first time students! You just arrived on campus a few days ago and now you have to start doing things, class things!

First, log into myNOVA. Your course schedule will be listed, with locations and times.

To find the buildings where your courses are held, check the campus map: here.

Typically, room numbers in buildings begin with the number of the floor they are on. For example, room 120 will be on the first floor, 220 will be on the second floor, and so on. Two-digit numbers are usually on the ground floor (they may also have a G in front of the number, example: G20.) While this may all seem obvious to you, sometimes the first day can be confusing! There will be signs on each floor directing you towards the room location. Don’t fret about walking in late; everyone understands it’s the first day.

If you haven’t bought your books yet, you can buy them at the Villanova University Shop. But don’t worry, you probably won’t have a reading assignment due until the next time your class meets.

As for the first day of class, you should expect the professor to go over the syllabus (the document with all the reading assignments, exam dates, and grading policies). They professor may also give an introductory lecture. Depending on the size of the class, you may be asked to introduce yourself (giving some personal information, major, year, etc.). By the next class, you will be expected to start reading and keep up with the course syllabus.

Finally, good luck! At least the rain has cleared!

Do I have an Advisor? [Ask The OREO]

Dear Oreo,

I’m just starting college and I don’t know if I have an advisor! It sounds like something I should have, right? How will I pick classes without one?! Will that person stay my advisor for all 4 years?

Lost, already.

Dear Lost,

No need to fret. All students are assigned a faculty advisor prior to the beginning of their first academic year. Your advisor should have contacted you by now to set up a meeting for the first week of class. If you are unsure, please

Once you declare a major, you should have the same faculty advisor within the Major for the duration of your academic career. All advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences choose the opportunity to work closely with students and to assist you as you explore personal and professional goals.

OUS is here to help you out! Come wander in SAC 107.