But it's not their fault - what you really need is for the semester to fast forward a week or two. Diving into course material in class, instead of syllabus review. A routine for your schedule - problem sets due Fridays, lab reports due Wednesdays, happy hour on Thursdays.
Everything fitting in neat little boxes in your head, instead of the nebulous cloud of worry and the frantic feeling you're forgetting something.
I'm not worried about the exams or teaching styles. I've had enough professors to trust that I can assess and adapt. I'm worried more with funding, and meeting training expectations, and turning in paperwork on time. These small tasks that build up in your email inbox, while you try to organize the rest of your life. But stick in the back of your head. Even with them written down on my task list, I find myself remembering them days later, with a quick jolt to the chest checking the deadline.
It all just fell into place.