Tales Of A Pre-Adult: Syllabus Week

Syllabus week: the week that college students cling onto for fear that they’ll actually have to learn eventually. This will be my brother’s seventh go around but this semester is quite different to all the others. This is his last first fall semester and thus his last first fall syllabus week. Being a senior doesn’t necessarily come with specific feelings. For some, it’s a final step before their “big kid” job. For others, it’s just another year tacked onto the many years of educating to go.

So, I figured what better way to see Tyler’s specific mentality on this last of firsts than to ask him myself.

Going into this semester, with being a senior specifically in mind, what’s the emotion that’s standing out the most to you?

I’d say the emotion that is standing out the most to me is the anxiousness. This semester I have to start looking at jobs because I graduate in May of next year. I’m taking my senior seminar class and will be finished with my major this fall. I’m also trying to balance all of this with all of the great memories I’m making every day of my senior year.


Class you’re most excited for? I mean, besides the one we have together.

I’m most excited for my Criminalistics class because it has to do a lot with forensic work within law enforcement. I find that to be very interesting and something I might want to pursue as a career field.


When you think of May 6th, 2016 what is the first word that comes to mind?


What will you miss the most after you graduate? (About JMU, your friends, your classes, etc.)

I will miss the everyday interaction I have with my best friends that I have made at the best school in the world.

What advice would you give eighteen year old Tyler going into syllabus week?

Make sure you’re focused heavily on your studies and class work to acclimate yourself to the challenges college throws at you.

Best story you have from your first two weeks at JMU back in 2012?

Best story…ahhhh. This one’s easy! The first day I moved in at JMU I was playing frisbee on the quad outside my dorm. I started developing hives on my body and I had really puffy eyes along with a numb mouth and tongue. Little did I know, I was having my first allergy attack. Plus, I had no clue what I was allergic to. A cop car, a bike cop, an ambulance, a fire truck, hall directors and RAs all showed up outside my dorm to make sure I was alright after 911 was called. I was then taken to the hospital for treatment. Crazy first day of college right?

Last song you listened to?

Hotline Bling by Drake.


Last food you cooked yourself?

Buffalo wings.

Where do you see yourself at 23?

I see myself employed and living by myself or with some roommates. If I had to take a guess I’d probably be working in the Washington D.C. area.

Where do you see yourself at 27?

I see myself employed by the federal government in one of the agencies that I have always wanted to work for. I won’t guess where I’ll be for this one [laughs].

What’s one thing you would like to thank mom and dad for?

One thing I’d like to thank mom and dad for is for raising me to be the man I am today. It’s very hard to thank them just for one thing; another thing I’d like to thank them for is for them paying for my college tuition so that I come out of school debt free.

Favorite place to be this week?

JMU’s campus because it’s my last first week here.


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