Preparing for Class After a Summer Off
The fall semester is here, and I can’t help but recognize the major differences in preparing for school after a summer off at age 8 or 9 and now, as a junior in college.
During elementary school, my mom would take us shopping with those exciting lists telling us exactly what we needed — cute, sparkly notebooks and folders, pencils, highlighters, gel pens, scissors, a glue stick, and (if I were lucky) a new backpack.
Now, as a college student, what are we supposed to do? Preparing for a new school year is less certain than it was in kindergarten, so here’s a list to help my fellow college students figure out what to do to prepare for the fall semester.
Know What You Need
Professors do this really cool thing where they put the books you need for their course online. Look at that list as soon as possible so you can get your textbooks.
If you don’t want to buy books through the campus bookstore, then try Amazon or Chegg. There are other options, too, but remember that getting your books delivered to you may take a week or two.
Otherwise, start out with the basics and with what you know you’ll need — either a notebook or laptop to take notes, pens, note cards, pencils, folders, etc. If there’s anything extra you need, your professor will be sure to let you know.
Make Goals for Your Semester
During Summer I and Summer II, I made a goal to not skip or be late to a class. This was extremely difficult and yet I stuck to it.
Maybe your goals could include achieving or maintaining a certain GPA or joining a campus organization. Whatever you want to do over the next semester or school year, see what it will take to make it happen and stick with it. Doing this will open up new opportunities for you, and you won’t regret it when the school year is over.
Figure Out a Routine
It is important to get an idea about what you’ll have on your plate during the school year. Take the time to write out your schedule of what a week in your life will look like, including your classes, job, and any other student involvement.
Determine what you’ll do for lunch on certain days, what time you’ll be waking up and anything else you need to plan ahead. In doing this, you’ll be more prepared for the semester even as it starts.
Know Your Schedule
Time management is crucial when you’re a college student. You don’t want to be on campus the first week of classes and realize you have no idea where you need to be.
Be aware of where you’re supposed to be and at what time. This could mean taking the time to walk around campus, even if classes have started to find the best route to each class.
And keep a copy of your schedule on your phone and in your car so you’ll constantly have it on hand to refer back to.
Another year of class is here! (Not to mention that each day of classes is one closer to graduation day.) I get so excited at the idea of getting back into the daily activities I’m involved in and the fact that so many of my friends will be back in one place. These years are precious and it’s good to truly enjoy them. Let’s have a wonderful year, Angelo State!