Summer always seems to fly by. However, this summer went crazy fast! I can't believe we will all be back in school in a month. With the fall semester approaching, it's never too early to plan ahead and ensure that it will be a successful one. A new semester can be stressful, so being prepared goes a long way. Here are some tips to help you prepare and start the semester off right.
1. Make sure you are enrolled in the right classes.
Don't make the mistake I made and enroll in random classes that you think go toward your degree. See an academic counselor or study your degree audit and make sure that you are enrolled in the classes you actually need. If not, make sure to get in those courses fast before they fill up, if they haven't already. My biggest piece of advice I can give college students early on is to not try to be your own advisor. College gets confusing, and everyone needs guidance at some point to keep going in the right direction.
2. Buy your supplies early.
Don't wait until the last minute to hit the bookstore and buy supplies for the semester. If you do, you'll be stuck with the ugly planners and notebooks and waiting in headache-sized lines. Hit the store early to score good deals and pick up the best school supplies. Also, if you happen to know what textbooks you'll need, you can order them online now instead of waiting in line at the bookstore later. Check out Amazon and Chegg for the best deals on books - you can even order all of your supplies from Amazon if you're feeling lazy this summer.
3. Write everything down.
After you have your scheduling in order and all of your supplies, start prepping your planner and calendar. Write down your course scheduling, including times and room numbers, so that you are one step ahead when syllabus week rolls around. Trust me, the last thing you'll want to do during the hustle and bustle that comes with the first week of classes is fill out your planner and calendar. Get it done ahead of time so that you can focus on finding your classes on campus that first week (and picking out your outfits, of course).
4. Donate clothes and buy some fresh pieces.
Starting the semester off right is all about having a fresh mindset. Donating or selling some clothes and purchasing some new items can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the new school year. There's nothing better than wearing a new outfit and a load of confidence on the first day of classes. You could also change up your look with a new hair color or makeup technique if you're feeling extra bold. The possibilities are endless.
The most important thing is to go into the new semester with a positive attitude and to remain optimistic, no matter what crazy college life throws at you.