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A Checklist for New College Students to Plan for the Upcoming Semester

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Jul 28, 2017 10:16:33 AM

Did you just graduate from high school and are now ready to become a freshman again? Are you a military student looking to pursue higher education for the first time? Or, are you a mother of 3 who attended a few semesters of college many moons ago and are now wanting to earn a degree to advance your career?

Regardless of what your story entails, there are several items on your to-do list that you should accomplish as soon as possible if you’re new or returning to college before the new semester kicks off. Here are just a few of the important items:

Register for classes.

Perhaps the most important task for you to do is to register for all classes you intend to take in the new semester if you haven’t already done so. Classes within certain degree programs can fill up quickly, so it’s imperative to reserve your spot so that you don’t have to wait until the spring semester to enroll in classes you’re anxious to pass.

Registering for classes sooner than later can also help you plan your schedule for the next few months. If you currently have a job or plan to find some part-time work or an internship, you should be aware of what is going to be on the docket in terms of your academic schedule.

Round up your textbooks.

Each college class in which you’re enrolled will likely require at least one textbook. Some may require as many as 4 or 5 books, supplemental guides, and other materials in order to be successful in the course.

These days, there are several options on where to purchase textbooks. You could check out the on-campus bookstore at your school. Perhaps there are off-campus stores that also carry course materials. Buying and renting textbooks online have become quite popular as well, and this includes e-books so that you aren’t lugging around a backpack full of heavy books. Consider used books if the editions you need are available for a cheaper price.

Don’t wait until classes start to get your textbooks if you can find out which ones you’ll need ahead of time.

Get the school supplies you need.

Some possible school supplies that could come in handy this coming semester include:

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Topics: First-time college students, Preparing for college

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