Breaking The Bank

Breaking The Bank

Buying textbooks may not be in your best interest...

Here I am, back again with another college student struggle that needs to be known. Can we talk about how expensive textbooks are? And for what purpose? To be opened once for a chapter 1 diagram for negative two seconds? I think not. Here's why I stopped buying textbooks from Winthrop's bookstore, Amazon, Chegg, etc.

The books may NOT even be required. You know how our wingspan accounts it tells us what books are "required" and which are "recommended"? My advice is to wait and go to the first class meeting, then decide if you really want to buy that $160 math book. Even though the WU Bookstore price matches (kudos), books still add up to be a pretty penny.

Books for online classes are tricky. This is up to you and how your preferences are. Either you decide to buy the book to be on the safe side or you just use the notes and PowerPoints that most online professors grant you.

For the last two years of my collegiate career, I've been buying my books from my fellow peers.They charge much lower than the $160. Maybe from a student, that book could be $80. It's cheaper and if they had that professor already, they can tell you if you will actually need the book.

I wish someone had told me this was an option before my freshman year and I spent hundreds in the bookstore renting/buying the "required" texts that are used only a handful of times, if that many.

College already breaks our bank and our parents' bank what with tuition, miscellaneous fees i.e computer lab fee, library fee, breathing fee, blinking fee etc, and all of the "necessary" things needed for each individual minor.

Shop carefully! Join your school's Facebook groups and when the semester starts, see what books you need, then ask your peers for them first before you hit the bookstore.

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

Schmidt Happens

Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.

I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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