Starting Second Week of College!

I remember when I first started college and how different the first week of school was in compare with high school. First week includes LOTS of confusion, getting lost, meeting your professors, switching classes and meeting new faces around the campus. As you try to get into a routine, second week of college starts. I’ve always thought that once passing the first week of college, then the rest of the months fly by. Second week of college most students have an idea of the classes that they have and the amount of time they need to spend in each of them. Most of students besides going to school, they have a job on the side that they work through out the years. It is very important that students find time to balance their school work and working at the same time.

  • DON’T FORGET; SCHOOL WORK IS MORE IMPORTANT!
  • Don’t  let stress get to you; just take a breather and everything will work out just fine
  • Some students worry a lot coming in to college as “Undecided” major, but don’t worry! You got this year and early next year to fully decide what you want to do in your life. (Make sure you choose before Junior year)
  • Stay on top of your school work, even though its the first 2 weeks of school!
  • Have fun with the new students that you met in college! Get to know each other!
  • Most IMPORTANTLY: Make time for sleep!! Lots of students are so busy with school work, work, internships, some with second jobs, that they forget to include sleep into their schedules. Try to take naps when you can! (best way to feel relaxed at times)

Getting a head start for the new semester :)

Hey there everyone how’s your summer going? Well this is the time of the year when a new school year is slowly approaching, school supplies are stocked up in stores, and its time to start checking out the prices for your textbooks for the new semester. As being a student going to Benedictine University, I’ve spent a lot of my time checking out where I can find the best prices on books that I can rent for the coming semester. The websites that I normally check to see for textbooks are:

1. Textbooks.com

2. Bookrenter.com

3. Chegg.com

There are many more other websites where u can find cheaper textbooks that you can rent for the semester, but here are just the 3 websites i use. Feel free to check them out. Sometimes some of the books you look for may not be available, so the last resort is to go to the bookstore on campus and buy the book. 

Now that books are taken care of, what comes next are supplies for your classes. Here are some things you will need for most of your classes for the new year:

1. Notebooks

2. Pencils & Pens

3. Loose Leaf Paper

4. Binders

5. Scientific calculator

6. Backpack

7. Small stapler

8. Folders

9. Markers (for projects)

 

Hopefully your first semester for college goes well and you keep yourself on track with what is happening in class, catch up on the readings, study ahead for exams, and just remember always have a little bit of time to have fun :)

Knowing When to Drop a Course

The first few weeks of the semester are critical to your college career.  This is true no matter what year you are. If you’re a freshman, maybe you were confused about what courses you need to take and are not sure if a class is required. If you’re a junior, maybe you thought you could handle 18 credit hours, but realize in the first week that it’s harder than you expected.  Hopefully these tips will help organize your thoughts if you are considering dropping a class.

When you should drop:

  • If the class is a Gen Ed (or a simpler class you can take at anytime) and you are also in multiple higher level classes for your major that require a lot of work outside of the classroom.
  • If the class is not required for you to graduate or obtain your degree.
  • If you are involved in athletics or other clubs and you know you have a history of handling stress poorly.
  • If you look at your major checklist and see that the class will fit better in upcoming semesters.

When you should stay:

  • If you drop the class and will be under 12 credit hours for the semester. This one should be obvious to you since you need at least 12 credits to be considered a full-time student.
  • If the only reason you think you should drop the class is because you don’t want to do extra work. Never drop a class because you want to party more. Your main priority at school is always your education (even though having fun is necessary).
  • If your not involved in many sports, clubs, or with work, it’s probably safe to say you will be able to handle a heavy course load of 17-18 credits.
  • If you know future semesters will be heavily loaded and putting off the class until later will add more stress.

Part of being involved in higher education means you must use your judgement skills. 12-14 credit hours can be seen as an easy schedule, but if your taking higher level courses that require more of your time, it might be right for you. You have to be aware of your time and stress management skills and predict how the semester will go based on the first week of class. Sounds scary, but if you trust yourself, I promise you that you will make the right decision.

Happy Fall Semester! :)

Renting Textbooks

Are you tired of spending all your hard worked money on textbooks!? Are you tired of all the overpriced textbooks and are sick of feeling like you’ve been jipped!? Well there is a solution to your problems! RENT RENT RENT, renting your textbooks is key to keeping your pockets happy and having a smile on your teachers face when you have the textbook(s) with you in class.

Some key sites for renting textbooks are:

http://www.cheapesttextbooks.com/

http://www.chegg.com/

https://www.skyo.com/

http://www.campusbookrentals.com/

http://www.amazon.com/

http://www.hpb.com/

http://www.textbookrentals.com/

http://www.bookrenter.com/

http://www.valorebooks.com/

If the textbooks are not available then the next option would be the Benedictine Bookstore located at Krasa!

Getting the most out of your campus tour!

If you plan on going to college then you should probably be ready for the campus tour process. Going on many campus tours will help you get a better sense of what the school is like and if you like the campus or not. Many campus tours are given by current students of the university. As a student who is getting the tour, you should take  advantage of the knowledge of the college student. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have. There job is to inform you about the university and show you every aspect of campus, from a current student.

  1. Ask plenty of questions
  2. Get their opinion on certain things
  3. Be attentive
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask about things
  5. Have a list of topics you want talked about before hand.

Going on campus visits can be nerve-racking for many students but having a plan when you go can decrease the amount of stress you may have. Even if you do not get the best tour guide, asking questions will prompt them to give you more information about the school. No matter which school you choose to visit, the campus tour process will most likely look the same. Getting the most out of every tour can be the deciding factor on whether or not you choose that school.

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