The start of another semester is just days away. Whether this is your first ever semester of college or your last semester, we’ve got you covered with some essential things to take care of before the start of the semester.
1) Buy those textbooks!
Thats right, you don’t have to wait till you get to the bookstore to buy your books. Log into your school’s website to view your classes and see what books are required. Then, just copy and paste the ISBN into a search on Amazon or Chegg to buy or rent your textbooks. If you’ve always bought your textbooks from the school bookstore, you will be surprised at the savings you can get when purchasing your books online.
2) Find an app that reminds you of your classes!
College can be a bit overwhelming, whether you’re starting your first semester, or your eighth semester. That’s why having an app that sends you a notification 15 minutes before class starts can be very helpful. Why try to remember and have to constantly think about your classes and worry about missing them every day? To me, it’s a no-brainer. Personally, I use an app called iStudiez Pro. It is available for iOS, mac, and windows, and an android version is being developed. It costs $2.99 for iOS, but it was definitely worth it for me. Find an app that you like and use it to improve your college experience!
3) Start packing!
Yep. Time to pack. Assuming you are moving into dorms or a house or apartment near campus. Living at home is a great option, so if you’re doing that, feel free to skip to the next item. But for those of you moving at the start of college, time to figure out what you are bringing. If you are living in a dorm, you likely won’t have a lot of extra space. Therefore, pack the essentials first and leave items that you can live without at home. Now I’m not saying to just bring textbooks, paper, binders, and a computer; you can (and should) bring some personal items to help make your new home feel like home, but don’t get carried away. If you are moving into a house or an apartment, you may or may not have more room. Consider the benefit you will receive from each item, and if you don’t think you will benefit from it, you probably shouldn’t bring it.
4) Find an on-campus job
Looking for a way to help pay for college? Look for a job on campus! There are many different types of jobs including tutoring, grading, working at the campus fitness center, delivering mail to professors, working in the library, the student center, and more! These jobs usually pay around minimum wage, but it’s a nice way to earn some money if you have the time. I recommend on-campus jobs instead of off-campus jobs, because the school understands that you are a student first and will be more likely to be able to work around your schedule. Also, if this is your first semester of college, you may not want to take on a job just yet. Instead, focus on your coursework for your first semester, and if you think you can manage a job, then go for it next semester. With a bit of searching, you can usually find on-campus jobs listed on your school’s website.
5) Get back on a sleep schedule!
Summer has been a blast! You stayed up late, woke up late, and never knew what day of the week it was. Now, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Figure out what time your first class starts and when you will need to get up in the morning. Then, set your alarm and start getting up at that time so your body can adjust to it. You don’t want to sleep through your classes right? Maybe you do, but anyways, practice getting up when you need to so that you are ready for classes! In addition, be sure to start going to bed at a decent hour so that you are getting the amount of sleep you need. 8 hours is a good ballpark number for most people, but you may find you need more or less sleep to function at your best.
Have any more tips for heading back to college? Feel free to share them in the comments below!