It’s hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close. The warm weather had made me believe it was going to stick around indefinitely. Whether you have been studying all summer long or took a much needed break from school, now is the time to begin thinking about getting ready for fall quarter. I know…no one wants to be thinking about that, but here is a list of things to keep in mind before September 21st gets here.
Meet With Advising: If you have any questions about the classes you are taking and want to make sure you are on track for achieving your academic goals, visit the Advising office in Gaiser Hall. The advisers are here to help you be successful, but you have to take the first step. We recommend visiting them as soon as possible because their office gets increasingly busy as the quarter approaches. Contact information and office hours can be found on the Advising office’s website.
Check Out Your Classes: Sometime in the next couple weeks, and if you can break away from enjoying outdoor activities or binge watching TV shows, it might be a great opportunity to visit the campus and see where your classes are. The first day of classes will be hectic no matter how prepared you are, and if you can limit your stress, it would do a world of good. Also, don’t be afraid to stop by the Welcome Center and seek the help of one of the Student Ambassadors. They are here to answer any questions you may have and are always happy to show you around the campus.
Buy Books and Supplies: Spoken from experience, it never hurts to be prepared. The Bookstore is stocked with all the books and supplies you may need for your fall classes. Lines are always long the first day of the quarter, so grab those resources now and while they last! If you don’t know what books you need, just bring your class schedule and one of the bookstore associates will be happy to assist you.
Check Your Email: Professors, on occasion, will send out a welcome email with information about the class prior to the start of the quarter, especially if you are taking an online course. You don’t want to miss the information they have so be sure to check your email once or twice.
Create a Schedule: Between classes, work, family, and other commitments, it can be challenging to manage your time. We recommend creating a schedule each quarter, which plans for EVERYTHING. Include everything from study time to personal appointments, and especially down time. Remember that in order to be successful, you need to have time away from the books. We suggest using an easy scheduling app on a smart device or picking up a free planner from the Student Life office during the first week of the quarter. Give your brain a break once in a while.
I know that it is easier said than done, but you are not alone. There are countless free resources at your disposal, including tutoring, student success workshops, counseling, and more, so make sure to use them!! Visit the Welcome Center with any questions you may have. Our job is to help you succeed, so always seek help if you need it.