4 Ways to Prepare for Next Semester Now

While you enjoy your summer break, next semester may be the last thing you want to think about. But if you want to make it the best one ever, we both know that now is the time to start preparing. Get yourself ready for success by checking these things off your list, and next semester will be your best one yet.

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Get your books as soon as you can.

There’s nothing worse than falling behind in the first week of the semester because you were too lazy to order your book ahead of time.

As soon as you receive the information about what books you’re supposed to buy, buy them. Show up to the first day of class with a new notebook and a nice pencil, because it’s time to admit that professors are going to make you take notes on the first day.

Be sure to save your receipts in case you change your schedule, or find out you have one of those classes in which you’ll never even be taking the shrink-wrap off the $300 textbook.

Start working on your wardrobe now.

Once the new semester starts, you will likely be low on funds but high on the desire for a new wardrobe.

Put aside some of that summer internship cash now in a special box just for shopping money. This way, you’ll be able to buy a new fall jacket come October without having to dip into your dinner funds.

Take care of your health.

If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, walk to your nearest Walgreens and get it immediately. There is absolutely nothing more miserable and semester-ruining than getting the flu in February and not having a vacation in sight until March or April.

Schedule a yearly physical with your doctor to make sure things are in shape. Check to see whether your teeth are due for a cleaning while you’re home for break.

Appointments are hard to work out during the semester when offices are only open during the hours that you have class every day, so do yourself a favor and get it all taken care of over break.

Think about your future plans.

Once the semester starts, you’re going to be busy with class, studying, and socializing. You’ll need to figure out your spring job or internship early so you can be sure to snag a good one, so start now.

Watch the FindSpark job board for internships in NYC, and talk with your advisors about your interests so they can help you find something good to do next semester. If you figure out your plans well in advance, you’ll have more time and energy to focus on rocking this semester.

Do you have any other tips on how to stay on top of things next semester? Leave them in the comments below.

About the Author

Danielle is currently conquering entry-level life in NYC and has yet to repeat a work outfit. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleEyeRoll.

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