End of the Semester

Published: December 12, 2017 by Katie Kuryla

“'Twas the night before the semester ended, when all thro' the house

No keyboard was still, the typing was done in a flurry

The computer screen glowed,

In hopes that the words would just flow,

‘Twas the night before the semester ended

When papers needed to be turned in.”


So I’m not the best when it comes to rhyming or making up a poem based off of A Visit from St. Nicholas, however December 11th is the signal of the end of the fall semester for SJSU students and as we wait to hear about our grades, I’m here to let you know what you need to do to prepare for the end of the semester.

As the semester is ending make sure you are:

  • Downloading annotated assignments submitted in Canvas and saving discussion board posts. You can read more about downloading assignments here https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3844(link is external).

  • Utilizing backup storage. While students are likely to have assignments saved on their personal computers, it is also recommended that students utilize cloud storage (such as Google Drive or Dropbox) and/or external storage (e.g. USB drives, external hard drives), to ensure continued access to their work. Think like a records manager!

  • Saves documents to ePortfolio that means your assignments, courses, and competencies. When preparing for the ePortfolio, students have often emphasized the importance of having an organized spreadsheet or matrix of courses and assignments mapped to core competencies. This helps when preparing statements and selecting evidence for each competency.

  • Documenting Collaborate recordings. Students may have participated in Collaborate recordings for a variety of reasons. Network Administrator Abigail Laufer recommends that students make a spreadsheet of the recording URL, time, session name, and course number/instructor (if applicable).

After you have turned in your final exam or your last paper of the semester, there are some ways to celebrate:

  • Treat yourself to a yummy meal at your favorite dive spot. It doesn't have to be fancy to hit the spot. Grab a friend who is also done with classes and head out for a tasty, cheap, relaxed meal. After all, when's the last time you got to go out and eat without worrying about the work you had to do when you got back to campus?

  • Buy some new threads. If you're like most college students, you may have let your wardrobe slip during the last few months. Treat yourself to a little shopping -- even if it's just for new jeans -- now that you have a few extra moments to yourself. (And make sure to take advantage of holiday sales if you're celebrating the end of the fall semester.)

  • Splurge on something to read -- for fun. When was the last time you read something purely for pleasure? Treat yourself to the latest trendy novel, a trashy gossip magazine, or a book on one of your favorite hobbies. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy reading when you don't have to highlight everything and take notes!

Or if you are me, you get to decorate your apartment for the holidays along with watching cheesy holiday movies. Hopefully the end of semester goes well for everyone and everyone have a happy holiday!



Thanks for the useful tips, Katie. Happy Holidays to all!!!!

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