Back To School Tips For College Students

Back To School Tips For College StudentsCan 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?

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  1. One thing I would highly recommend is finding an on-campus job. Not only is it a convenient location (since you are on-campus), typically your supervisor is understanding of the lifestyle and scheduling issues students face. Plus you can always get a second part-time job if you aren’t getting enough hours.
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  2. I went to a commuter college many years ago so didn’t have to contend with roommates. My grandson had a very bad roommate experience his freshman year but decided to tough it out. It might have been wiser to ask to change his roommate right away. But it was a great learning experience for him: how to deal with difficult people. So my advice would be to decide right off if you can envision living with your roommate the entire school year or need to request a change.
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  3. My university years are a distant memory lol!

    Great tips for someone leaving home for the first time. It is daunting – so many things to know – where to go, what to do. Far better to prepare in advance.
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  4. Great back to school tips. Checking the schedule is a good idea and one I bet many forget to do. How frustrating to think you’re well organized and got the schedule lined up early, and then to discover when you go to class it has been moved. Hopefully the classroom change was to a location that made it difficult to have enough time to get to or from classes on either side of that class.
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  5. I can tell you the one I always missed. The get a lot of rest before the first day. Unfortunately, I was more included to think about prolonging the last night of summer.

  6. “talk to your roommates about rules” such good advice. Having lived in many shared houses following studies I learned this the hard way. Our biggest learning was about having friends to stay over and how that impacted the house hold running (sharing bathrooms and cooking facilities mainly) and costs associated with it. Financial penalties curbed it!
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  7. Hi Jason, a lot of these tips are things many college students wouldn’t even think of so this is great.
    The one about scheduling and the back to back classes are especially things they probably don’t think about. And one thing we know for sure, sooner or later, life will throw you a curveball so the better prepared you are the greater the change to deal with it.
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  8. I never got to do the whole dorm room thing or campus life. I was married by the time I started college. Young, I know. I did do a lot of research when it came to financial aid and my classes though. I think researching is fun! I’m weird 🙂
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  9. Good list which I think would be helpful to freshman as well as students returning to college. I remember when I went to college, we only had roommates our freshman year. After that, everybody got their own room. I thought we were super lucky, and I was very glad not to have to deal with a stranger.
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  10. Wow…
    What a great post .It’s very informative post for all the students. Valuable tips for college fresher’s and for students returning to college Most of the pointers given will be an eye opener for majority of the students. keep posting 🙂
    Keith K. Moffitt

  11. hi Jason!!
    I remembered the days when I went to college.I did a lot of research when it came to financial aid and my classes though. The suggestion of checking schedule is very useful. so that nobody will go to a wrong classroom. This information is very informative. keep sharing such an useful information with us. i would love to do read your more blogs.