Semester Prepping

Alright, so the fall semester is right around the corner and if you are like most college students out there, you are not ready for summer to come to an end. However, summer is ending and we need to start prepping for the upcoming semester. After 4 years of college, I have discovered some of the do’s and don’ts of getting ready for the school year and I wanted to share those ideas with you.

Things to do:

  1. Do purchase a year long planner.
    • There is nothing more important than staying organized during a semester, and having a really good planner will help you with that.  A planner can help you remember important due dates, meeting times, and any school events or breaks. My favorite planner is the Create 365- The Happy Planner. This planner is super fun and allows you to make it your own.
      create365planner
      The Create 365 Planner makes planning more exciting.

       

  2. Do make sure you have plenty of school supplies. 
    • I know this sounds like an obvious point, however, this is the time of year that a lot of stores are having sales on school supplies.  This means it is a great time to take a quick inventory of what you have and what you will need for the semester ahead.  Here is a quick list of some supplies that you should have as well as the store that has the best price:
  3. Do print out your class schedule ahead of time.
    • It is important to print out your class schedule ahead of time, as well as anything your professor has posted/emailed, that way you are ahead of the game the fist day of class.  There is nothing worse than starting your first day and not remembering the room you are supposed to be in.  I always go the school about a week before the first day of class so that I know where the rooms are as well as the fastest route to get there.
      Campus Map
      Make sure you know where you need to go and how to get there.

       

  4. Do try to find less expensive textbooks. 
    • You can go on your school website and find out what books you will need for the upcoming semester.  Textbooks can be so expensive, so instead of purchasing your books from the bookstore, I recommend looking on line for a less expensive option.  One of the best options out there is renting textbooks from Amazon.

Things to avoid:

  1. Do not procrastinate. 
    • Not only does this put you behind when the semester starts, it sets you up with a bad habit that will hurt you during the semester.  It is understandable that preparing for school during the summer does not sound fun.  However, it is important to make sure you are thinking ahead, not waiting until the first day of class to start thinking about everything.  This way, you can stay on top of sales and spend less money, (which we all know is a struggle as a college student).
  2.  Do not start stressing out. 
    • I know that for some people, starting a semester can be stressful and thinking about school ahead of time can cause you to stress during the summer.  Questions like how will you pay for the semester or how hard will the classes be can ruin the remainder of the summer.  Just remember, it will all work out.  You have survived past semesters and with the right preparation, you can have a sense of peace when the next semester starts.
  3. Finally, do not forget to enjoy the rest of the summer.
    • Whether you are excited for the upcoming semester, or you are fearing it, remember to relax and enjoy the rest of your summer vacation.  In a few short weeks, the semester will be here and the ability to relax and have fun will be over.  So go for a swim, lay out in the sun, read a good book, or take a weekend trip.  Whatever you do, relax and enjoy these weeks!book

I hope this article has helped give you a better idea of how to prepare for the upcoming semester.  It can seem overwhelming, but if you start now, you will be ready for anything the first day of class could throw at you.

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