Whether you’re ready or not, a new school year is upon us. Chances are you haven’t been keeping up the habits that helped you get through the last year; it’s a lot tougher to go to bed at a reasonable hour without the pressure of an 8:00 am class. To help get yourself prepared for the upcoming semester, here are five simple ways you get jump-start your good habits before the school year even starts.
- Make a list of goals
Goals for your semester will help you plan ahead and give you something with which to track your progress. These don’t necessarily have to be restricted to academics, either. Want to run for student government office? Make it a goal on your list. Studies have shown that keeping track of short and long term goals helps increase the likelihood you’ll achieve them.
- Create a budget
Deciding a budget for your semester may not be the most exciting way to spend an afternoon at the end of summer, but it can help ensure you’ll have enough money for fun at the end of the semester. Plan ahead and take into consideration some of the easily forgettable expenses; things like money for laundry. It’s a good idea to get an idea of your income, too. Things like extra loan money you’ll be getting back from your school, any jobs you may have or extra money your parents may contribute.
- Check around for books
Books are expensive and even with buy backs, you’re not going to come close to getting your money back for them. Before the school year starts, check with friends who’ve taken some of the classes on your schedule. Is the book really necessary? If so, do some comparison shopping. Chances are, you either have a friend who has taken the class or you can find a cheaper copy elsewhere. Remember, though, you don’t want to be the only one in class without the required book so do your shopping early.
- Pack smartly
Are you starting off the year in a new place? Be sure to pack smartly, especially if you’re moving from your parents’ house. Throwing things in a box is an inefficient pack method, to say the least, and is a good way to make sure you forget something important. Putting together a list will help avoid costly trips to the store to replace things you forgot about in your haste. A list will also help avoid over packing and bringing along things you really don’t need and probably won’t have room for.
- Start planning ahead
It’s not too early to start planning for next summer. If you’re looking to land an internship, and especially if you’re graduating, now is the time to start looking ahead. Start thinking about what you see yourself doing and begin building the connections that will help you get there. Just like the summer, the school year will be over before you know it and you’ll want to be ahead of the game.
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