We created a guide to help you focus on things to do before the semester begins so you can get a head start and succeed!
1. The cost of textbooks is one of the most expensive parts of attending school. Here are some tips on how to save more on textbooks:
Use the school library. Luckily, many school libraries have the latest textbooks required by professors. You can rent or review the textbooks throughout the semester when needed.
Check bulletin board postings. Bulletin boards can be found all over campus and are great places to find used textbooks sold by other students. These usually sell at a much lower price than the used/new books in your school’s bookstore.
Check online resources. There are several very useful websites that sell used textbooks at a much lower price for students. These websites include Amazon.com, chegg.com, www.half.ebay.com.
2. Complete your summer assignments. Review your (respective) course syllabi and contact your professors to make sure you are preparing for your classes with any required readings or assignments.
3. Apply for research, teaching, or graduate assistant positions now. If you are interested in applying for a research, teaching, or graduate assistant position, you should start as early as possible. Look everywhere for open opportunities—such as on your school’s career center website or by asking your previous professors. Review the application process for each position carefully.
4. Make sure your health insurance is valid: Health insurance is a necessity. In case of a medical emergency, your health insurance is your safety net. Be sure to have your ISO health insurance so that you are prepared and covered!