We’re just days away from the start of #Fall2017. Time to transition from the easy, breezy summer to the hustle & bustle of #UHBauer during the fall semester.
Here are our top 5 tips to get you ready for class.
Wake Up Earlier
Summer is all about sleeping in and keeping a flexible schedule. But the start of school means you’re going to need to be more intentional with your time. To avoid running late to class during your first week, start setting your alarm at the time you’ll need to wake up during the semester a few days before the first day of classes. Make sure to also go to bed earlier than you did in the summer!
Set New School Year Goals
Who says resolutions are just for the new year? The start of a new school year can be a great time to set new goals to keep you motivated during the upcoming semester. Make a list of things you’d like to accomplish before finals such as achieving a certain GPA or joining a new student organization. Include specific steps for each goal so you’ll have a clear plan to follow.
Create a Budget
Purchasing new textbooks, school supplies and a back-to-school wardrobe can put a drain on your wallet. Avoid spending more than you need to by creating a budget ahead of time. Designate a maximum amount for each spending category and do your best to stick to that number as you do your back to school shopping. If you do end up going over your budget in one area, balance it out by reducing your spending in another category.
Create a Week One Schedule
With new classes and routines to establish, the first week of school can be stressful and overwhelming if you don’t approach it with a plan. Use your planner to create a full first week of school agenda based around your class schedule. Add in all those back to school errands, such as buying textbooks, meeting with a financial advisor and even checking out that student organization. While it’s great to be spontaneous with your time later on in the semester, it’s best to approach the first week with a deliberate plan so that you won’t leave out anything important.
Your organization skills during the first weeks of school can make or break your semester later down the road. Start off on the right foot by collecting all the items you’re going to need for the semester as early as possible. That includes printing out syllabi early, getting together your supplies and planning out your assignments on your planner. Getting all your things organized might not sound like fun now, but you’ll be thankful for it as the semester goes on.
By Priscilla Aceves