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Things to do before each semester

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I use to be really excited about back to school, but now that I'm almost done with my degree I'm less excited. Getting organized before the start of the semester keeps you from having to play catch up from the get go.

Here are XX things I do at the start of each semester.

Print those Syllabi 

Your syllabi are 20% useless junk and 80% vital information that will help you pass a class. Regardless, you should print all your syllabi and actually read them before stowing them away in your daily binder or folder.

My past professors didn't post the syllabus until a week before classes started, and other handed it out on the first day of class. Print what you can and wait on the rest.

Take stock of your supplies

I love shopping for school supplies, like a lot. But you're just wasting money buying things you already have or don't need. I got this really nice planner before my freshman year of college and ended up not using it because it didn't fit with my work flow.

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This isn't your first time in school, so you should know some basics. I typically buy a really nice, five-star notebook for each of my classes and maybe a pack of post-its if I'm running low. I buy really good quality binders, folders, pens and stuff, so I'm able to use them for multiple semesters.

Scope out your text books

Some classes will need the book, and others won't. Figure out which classes are which is an art form that I still haven't perfected by my senior year. I generally know I need my Spanish and Math text books, but Art History and other non-technical classes are iffy.

Honestly a lot depends on the professor, so wait a week or two before buying all of your text books. But for classes you know 100% you'll be using the book, go ahead and get it. Last semester for Spanish I got the book early and had my first chapters worth of flash cards done before syllabus day.

Also, try your very hardest not to buy your textbooks new. A simple Google search with the title and author can save you so much money. I use a site called Cheapest Text Books (<Not even sponsored) to compare different rental sites. It's a total money saver.

Clean out your backpack and desk

Even during the summer I use my desk all the time. Mostly because I blog a ton, but my desk acts as a landing zone for important stuff like bills and Victoria's Secret coupons. Take the time before the school year to clean up and out your desk and backpack, being sure not to trash your electricity bill. This gives you a solid month and a half buffer time before you lose your desk under a pile of papers.

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  1. love this post! I'm a super nerd and get really excited for each new semester. My favorite place to go for cute desk supplies/school stuff is the dollar section at Target! :) xx, kenz