This is a guest blog post by Campus Ambassador, Cheyenne Krieger.
Congratulations on completing another year of school! I’m sure many of you have been relaxing and enjoying the first couple weeks of your summer vacation – and rightfully so! There are a couple of housekeeping tasks you should take care of after finals to keep you on track and get you set up for the coming school year. Here’s our list of the top 3 things you should do before really wrapping up the semester.
Thank your professors. This is an absolute must and a thoughtful thank you note makes all the difference. Your professors spent a lot of time reading materials, coming up with lesson plans, teaching you, and grading your work. Without their instruction, you may not have really grasped the subject. Send them a handwritten thank you note to let them know how much you appreciate their dedication to your education. It is so important to end the semester on a good note with your professors because they’ll be more likely to help you out when you need it. When you approach them for a letter of recommendation, they’ll remember how touched they were when you reached out with a thank you note.
Get organized. Before you throw out all your class materials, take a couple minutes to sort through all of it. Grab all your journals, binders, and folders full of work and decide what to keep or throw out. It’s a good idea to keep notes, assignments, quizzes, and tests for classes that pertain to your major. You never know when you’re going to have an opportunity to recycle the work you’ve already done. No one wants to take notes on the same thing twice, so keep it the first time around to avoid any unnecessary work in the future. If you had to take general education classes that go outside of your major, you’re probably okay with throwing those materials out. Keep your desk neat and clutter-free to start off in the most organized way possible in the fall.
Sell or return your books. Don’t forget to take care of your book situation. If you rented books from the campus bookstore or an online store, make sure you return them. Most places will allow a couple of weeks past the last day of school before the books are due, but once they are, you’ll want to make sure they’re sent back. Late fees are sky-high and it’s best to avoid those from the get-go. If you bought the books and won’t need them next semester, sell them back. Sites like Amazon and Chegg will buy your books at a pretty fair cost. It’s a quick, effortless way to make some fast cash.
Summer is a great time to kick back and chill out after a difficult semester. Before you really let loose, tie up loose ends and complete our top 3 tasks after finals.