10 Ways to Prepare for New Semester
Being a college student, life is always stressful during the first few weeks of a new semester. For me, this is my first semester “back-to-school”, I still took online classes last semester but my priority was to get healthy and beat cancer. Now that I get to take more classes and actually go on campus, I wanted to share the top ten things I do to prepare for a new semester.
1. Check your bill- Checking your bill and financial aid is very important, it is a ways to find out how much your semester will cost, how to prepare financially to pay for classes and if you need to to apply for student loans. It is also very important to know how much financial reimbursement you will be receiving so you can plan what you will be doing with the money. When I get my reimbursement, I always put most of it away in savings and then pay of some of my bills, like my phone payment or credit card bill.
2. Prepare you planner- If you’re anything like me, it is very easy to forget things. Before I start school this semester I set a goal to get my planner ready and have important dates written down before I forget. Having a planner will save your life, make sure to write down your assignments and when you have class.
3. Check textbook prices- I was always taught to wait until after the first day of class to buy your textbooks because you never know what might happen. Last year, when I was taking a physics class, my professor told us to buy a certain edition of the book because it was more accurate, so that night I went an bought the book and the next time we met for class, he changed his mind on the book edition and I had no choice but to buy the different book. Checking textbook prices before going to class will give you an idea on how much you need to send on books and prepare financially for the semester. Don’t just buy books from your schools bookstore because I guarantee you, that there are cheaper books out there. Save your money, do your research!
4. Know the location of your classes- The first day of class is like being a freshman in high school again, you don’t know where your classes are and it can be really nerve wrecking. It takes two minutes to find which building your classes are in and to find the location of the building. Just find your classes before the semester starts to avoid being stressed out.
5. Look at your syllabus before going to class- Most professors will print out syllabi and hand it out for the first day of class but I have found that classes are easier knowing what you get yourself into before going to class. Plus they always have important dates on them so you can do two things at one and write those dates down in your planner. Having an idea of the class beforehand is always important just incase you signed up for the wrong class.
6. Get school supplies- Being prepared for class is very important, in high school your first day of class was going over rules and the syllabus, but in college you spend maybe five minutes of the syllabus and go straight into the first lesson. Being prepared is more professional and it leaves a good impression, you don’t want to be the one asking to borrow paper or just sitting there looking up at the ceiling because you didn’t come prepared.
7. Create a workout schedule- Staying healthy is super important but in order to do that you need to have a set workout schedule. Most schools have a recreation center that you PAY for so you might as well use it. Having a set schedule will also decrease your chances of getting sick and in my opinion I am much happier when I work out regularly. I’m not saying to have your life revolve around working out but it is important to stay healthy and happy.
8. Plan your work schedule around classes- It is always nice to have extra spending money or even money to put in your savings account but if you are going to school then you need to realize that school is your first priority. It is never appropriate to miss class because you had to work, or even not do an assignment because work got in the way. So plan your work schedule around your classes and studies because in the end your degree is the more important than work especially since you are paying thousands of dollars for your degree.
9. Plan a study schedule- Studying is important especially if you have a big test coming up. Don’t wait until last minute to study for a test, plan out time each day for homework and studying and you will be amazed by the amount of information your brain retains. Always use campus resources wisely, if you need help go get it, you pay for the help so you might as well use it.
10. Stay Positive- You can do this! A positive mindset is 90% of the game, go into this semester knowing that you are prepared and ready to rock it. Believe in yourself and college will be a breeze, just wake up every morning and tell yourself that you can do this and this semester will be a breeze.