In case you hadn't noticed, summer is drawing to a close rather quickly and although the temperatures in a lot of US cities are hitting some pretty staggering highs, leaves will soon be abandoning trees in favor of the ground. 

Cue the fall season. 

And with the fall season comes the beginning of the school year. This year, I'm going to be a college sophomore and I am so excited to get back to my college grind even though I'll miss being home for the summer. 

Whether you're going back to school as a seasoned college girl, or just starting your college career, there are a few things you should check off your list before taking your campus by storm. Below I compiled just a few things to check off your to-do list to make your transition into the next scholastic year that much easier.

LOG ANY PAYING OR VOLUNTEER WORK

Girl, it is never too early to start putting together a killer resume/curriculum vitae. So think back over the past summer and start writing down the work you did, for whom, when, and for how long. 

You don't have to create your resume just then, but having a word document on your desktop that you come back to every so often and add in bits of work that you do along the way will make life so much easier when you finally decide to hunker down and draft that resume.


BOYCOTT YOUR CAMPUS BOOKSTORE

Before you make the mistake of buying your textbooks at your campus bookstore, hear me out. I'm about to change your life. Okay, maybe not. But I'll most likely remove at least one digit off the final bill for your college textbooks. 

This coming year, my university will no longer be requiring us to buy our textbooks because they'll be included in tuition. This obviously has its pros and cons, the main pro being that books are one less thing for me to worry about, and the main con being that tuition is inevitably going up. 

The one smart thing I did my freshman year (okay, not the one smart thing, but one of the most beneficial) was avoid my campus book store when it came time to purchase my books. 

I enlisted the help of Slugbooks.com (this is not an affiliate link) and ended up saving hundreds of dollars. No, this is not a scam. Yes, this is for real. Please save your money by reading the post I wrote about it.


GET A HEAD START ON WINTER SHOPPING

It's still technically summer, and I know you want to keep your short shorts and crop tops on for as long as possible, but the truth is, fall will fly by and suddenly frost will be clinging to you tighter than your  favorite skinnies. 

And girl, truusssst, it's not  a good look. Being that they're currently off season, all the cute wintery clothes will be way cheaper now than they will be towards the end of fall when things start to cool down considerably.


DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE

If your schedule is already available to you, double check it and make sure everything looks good. Personally, I'm a morning person. That girl sitting front row center in your 8 AM with her hand up? Yep, that's me.*Wendy Williams voice* How you doin'? 

This coming year, my schedule is looking pretty much how I want it to with most of my classes being in the mornings from 8:00-10:50 pretty much every day except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I have Chemistry and Anat&Phys labs from 1:00-3:50PM. 

Maybe you're not a morning person and prefer to have your classes in the afternoon. That's totally fine, just do yourself a favor and check your schedule so you can start planning the rest of your life around it.


GET ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS IN ORDER

It really is best to get all the nitty gritty out of the way to make sure you cruise into the new year without any unnecessary road blocks. Therefore, take the time now to make sure that the following five are in order:

MEAL PLAN

HOUSING (ON CAMPUS OR OFF)

FINANCIAL AID / PAYMENT PLAN

WORK STUDY

MEDICAL RECORDS


SCHOOL SUPPLY SHOPPING

This is literally my favorite part of anything school related. I am a huge fan of stationery, so any time is a good time to buy some, especially if an academic year is right around the corner. So hit your local Walmart, Target, Staples, etc., and get shopping! 

If they don't have what you're looking for or you'd rather shop from the comfort of your own home, let Amazon be your best friend.

This is as good a time as any to inform you all why exactly Amazon is my best friend. Aside from the fact that Amazon has yet to lack what I'm looking for, they offer free Prime Shipping (for the first six months) to college students and then it's at a discounted price for the rest of the time. 

All you need is an email that ends in .edu, and you're golden. [example: FirstAndLastNameCombo@YourUniversity.edu ] Get yourself on the Prime Student train by signing up right here.

CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE

It's a new year ladies, make sure you're heading into it with a positive attitude and an open mind. Prepare to meet people as beautiful and intricately complex as you are. 

Be kind, uplift those around you, but most of all, remember that you're here to acquire knowledge that will further you in this life journey. 

Alright, go forth and be great. 





7.31.2016

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