This blog is written by Melinda, our campus ambassador from Miami University!
Preparing for the newest semester, quarter, or trimester is one of the hardest things to do after taking a much needed break—especially after the holiday season. But it’s definitely necessary to set yourself up for success!
For those of us who are going back to school at the end of January, here’s the lowdown on how to prepare.
Check out those syllabi: Your upcoming professors are going to start emailing you about their classes you’re enrolled in, and the documents that go with them. My advice? Don’t ignore them! This is a great way to reach out the professors if you have any questions or concerns and avoid an awkward first day. Also, you’ll be able to check out what you’re getting yourself into for the semester, and even start on some assignments if you’re feeling ambitious.
Strategically buy the textbooks you need: After reading the syllabus for every class, you’ll be able to see which textbooks you really need to buy (or which ones you don’t). By weeding out what’s necessary and what may not be, you can spend your money and time strategically. Planning your textbook purchases early also gives you more time to research for the best deal. Compare prices from bookstores, Amazon, EBay, and, of course, the Intern Queen textbook rental!
Plan out your first week: One of the best ways to be prepared for the new school period is to have a plan. Try to memorize your class schedule and know where you’re going, then make plans for the between times. Schedule time to catch up with friends, do campus activities, work, study, and take time for yourself. Your first week may not end up as your permanent weekly schedule, but it’s a start in the right direction.
Follow these tips—adding in a few tweaks of your own—and you’ll be off to a great start!