The Clog’s 4 ways to prepare for the start of school

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Where did the past three months go? If you feel like time has vanished before your very eyes, you’re not alone. As summer comes closer to its end, the first day of instruction continues to rapidly approach us. However, there’s no need to panic. We at the Clog have got you covered with four things to ensure that your transition into the fall semester is smooth and seamless.

Plan a staycation.

Before school starts, dedicate some time to have one last burst of fun without assignments, exams and participation points looming over your head. Having fun doesn’t need to involve extensive preparation or a hefty wad of cash, as it can be as simple as a beach outing with your friends. Allocating time to relax, spend time with friends and do the things that you enjoy will help set you in a positive mood for the fall.

Review your course schedule.

If you haven’t enrolled in every class you want, take a moment to find alternate courses, and make sure you don’t forget to show up to your waitlisted ones. Don’t fret if you haven’t entirely finalized your schedule — there are tons of solutions that’ll continue to emerge, such as DeCals and adviser meetings.

Purchase required materials.

If you’re certain that you’re going to take a course, be it a major requirement or fascinating breadth, find out which textbooks you’ll need and purchase them in advance. Depending on where you purchase your books from, some sites can take up to a couple of weeks to ship and deliver, so it’s best to be prepared. After all, you might just have a problem set due the second week of instruction.

Tidy up your apartment.

Start your semester off right with a clean environment to come home to after your classes. Put away misplaced items, vacuum your floors, and make your bed for what feels like the first time in forever. Having an organized space to work and relax in makes those exact things all the more possible. We both know that a bed that isn’t covered in your unfolded laundry is much more comfortable to sleep on.

Enjoy your last weeks sans school as much as you can, but when you find the chance, don’t hesitate to tackle some of the errands on your back-to-school to-do list. After all, preparation is the key to a successful semester.

Contact Erika Lee at [email protected] .