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5 1/2 Tips to Feel Prepared

As much as we may not want to think about it, a new semester is quickly approaching, and now is a great time to get prepared. Here’s where to start and a list of essentials to help you feel ready for the first day of class.

1) Be clear on the basics

There’s so much that goes into starting a new semester. At times, it’s hard to know where to start, but we have plenty of information on the Student Life Essentials website that covers everything from paying for school to housing, university acronyms, food options, and everything in between—made to make your semester a little less intimidating.

2) Know where to get important info

If you have questions that can’t be answered via the basics section, you can always contact the Info Desk for more information. You can also regularly visit the Student Life blog for new tips, tricks, and campus ongoings. Make sure you stay in the know!

3) Try to form professional relationships

With a new school year starting, things can seem hectic or overwhelming. Building a professional relationship with your professors, advisors, and peers can help make a new semester more enjoyable. That way, if you miss a day of class, feel like you’re falling behind, or just need some extra study help, you’ll have a support system to make it through your course load.

4) Understand the importance of planning

With so many different class options and schedules, it’s good to feel organized and on top of things. So if you’re not already into planning, now is a great time to work out a schedule on Google Calendar or invest in a physical planner you can write in, because trying to keep a fluctuating schedule without any tools to help is a lot of work.

5) Don’t wait to get your textbooks & other materials

You’ll want to make sure that you’re ready to go from the first day of class. That means getting ahead of the rush when ordering books and other course materials. Make sure you have what you need to hit the ground running.

5 ½) Enjoy the last few weeks of summer before school begins!

While it’s important to be prepared, taking a mental break is just as crucial. So, enjoy the rest of your summer any way that you can!

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