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5 ½ Last Minute Things Before School Starts

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With just days until school starts, there’s so much to get together in a short period of time. In all the rush, it’s easy to forget some vital “to-do” items. Here are some last-minute things you may have missed that will be helpful to get done ASAP.

1) Make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccine

With a new fall semester starting and in-person classes returning, the best way to keep the Boise State community healthy and safe is to get vaccinated and boosted. If you’re hesitant, here are some things to know about the vaccine. Boise State offers free COVID-19 vaccines to the Boise State community and the general public at the on-campus vaccination clinic.

2) Order your textbooks

Whether you prefer picking up your textbooks in person or ordering online, the Bronco Shop is always a reliable source. Ordering ahead of time can save you money and the stress of trying to find the right textbook. Other tips for ordering textbooks include: renting instead of buying, purchasing an e-book, and checking Boise State Facebook groups for students selling old textbooks.

3) Apply for jobs on Handshake

If you’re looking for a way to make some money this semester, check out Handshake for jobs and work-study (both in-person and remote). The employers featured on the app are hand-picked for college students, so, they have all sorts of job options to fit your schedule. Some areas on campus are urgently hiring if you’re looking for something right away (and you can’t beat the convenience of on-campus jobs)! If experience is what you’re after, internships and fellowships are listed as well.

4) Check your classes for updates

Make sure you’re aware of the method of instruction (hybrid, remote, online, or in-person) and what that means for your class. Reading your syllabus is a great place to start! Every class has a little bit different method of instruction and how your attendance (even virtually) and participation could impact your grade. If your classes are in-person, check the Boise State campus map to know where to go.

5) Get all of your supplies

We actually have a whole blog post about what your room and desk setup needs so you can hit the ground running this semester. You need snacks. Organizational stuff. A place to fully unwind. And add your own style to get you inspired. We’ve got all the deets.

5 ½) Soak up the final days of summer

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