Can you believe that the first week of August is almost over? You know what that means right? The summer break for college students is winding down. It is almost that time for the Fall semester to start. In today’s post, I will be going over a few back to school tips for college students.
Make sure your financial aid information has been completed.
After working in 2 different financial aid offices, I find it amazing to see how many returning students don’t complete their financial aid paperwork until the last minute. If you’re reading this and you’re still in college I hope that you completed yours in May or June. If not, good luck. August is the peak season for colleges. Financial Aid usually takes longer to process during this time. If you haven’t finished turning in your paperwork you risk the chance of having to pay out of pocket or worse missing the semester.
Make sure your schedule is correct.
Review your class schedule to make sure there aren’t any changes. One semester I had registered for a class in May and by the beginning of August, the classroom number had changed. I’m glad I decided to check my schedule. If not, I would have been looking crazy going to the wrong classroom. You don’t want to be stressed out the 1st day because of scheduling issues.
Review your class locations.
If you are taking back to back classes you want to make sure that they are in the same building or at least near each other. A couple of days before the classes start you may want to take a test run to make sure that you will be able to get to them on time.
Move in early.
If you’re living on campus try to move in early. It’s always good to beat the crowd and get your stuff situated before everyone gets there. Moving in early also gives you time to relax and get focused for the beginning of the semester.
Talk to your roommates about rules.
If you’re lucky you should have been able to request who you wanted to live with before the Spring semester was over. If you know your roommates already you probably don’t need to go over too many rules. If you didn’t have the chance to request you’re roommates you should definitely go over a few things such as cleaning schedule, who takes out the trash, etc. That should save you some headaches down the line.
Contact your professors in advance.
You may or may not need a textbook for all your classes. Before you send that $150 per book contact your professors. They will let you know if you will need the textbook. If they do use the book they may even advise to get an earlier edition to help save money.
Decide if you want to join any organizations.
A lot of returning students think about joining organizations on campus during their 2nd or 3rd year. I pledged during my 3rd year in school. I took the summer to do my research. I’m glad I did it. I also wish I would have joined a couple other groups on campus as well.
Get adequate rest before the 1st day.
Finally, make sure you get adequate rest before the 1st day of classes. The first day of school any year can be a whirlwind. It’s even worse in college. Don’t be surprised if your professors give you an assignment. You want to make sure that you are well rested for it.
Those are a few tips for returning college students. Do you have any more back to school tips for college students? Did I miss anything?