Heading back to college? Here’s how to get ready for a new semester

Around this time of year, many of us are dreading the fact that school is right around the corner (that isn’t just me, right?). Everyone has a routine to get themselves ready for the upcoming semester. Since I have been doing this for a long time, I think that I can share a couple tips on how I prepare for a new semester of school.

The first thing that I like to do is look over the syllabus from each of the classes I’m taking. I’m an over-preparer so I like to know what I’m getting myself into before the first day. With classes using technology more and more over the years, it is very easy to find the syllabus of a class before it is given out on the first day. A simple Google search is usually all you need.

The next thing I do is get my school supplies ready. One item that does not make the list of things to buy before classes start is the textbook. Textbooks are overpriced and often are not used nearly as much as the professor says they will be. I tend to wait until I know whether or not I will need it and if there are other means of using it, like the library or sharing with a classmate, before I buy.

The last thing I do is make sure I have as much fun as possible before I get back to the grind. This year, I will be taking a long weekend trip out of town with friends before classes begin. This lets me unwind before I get back to hectic campus life.

What are some things you do to prepare for an upcoming semester? Let us know in the comments.

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