The next semester of school is quickly approaching, and for some college students, it is already here. This is a time of utter disarray as people try to get out of relaxed-drunk-in-the-middle-of-the-day-party-going mode and get back into holy-crap-I-still-have-three-years-of-school-left mode. One of the biggest steps in prepping for the new semester is getting ready to buy school supplies as soon as possible. Without the supplies you need, you may miss out on vital information during the first week of school. Before you start panicking because you don’t have a book you need for a test next Monday, you need to try to plan ahead of time. Here are some tips to help you do that.
Check on Your Refund Money
If you are expecting to get money back from your scholarships and grants in school, you need to see when that money is supposed to come in. This money will most likely be released before the semester starts, so you should be able to use it to pay for your school supplies. You should be able to set up a direct deposit for your money that will send it directly to your bank account. That will allow you to get your money a lot faster, and it will save you from having a check in the bank. Some schools will ask you to request your money before they send it out, so check into that before you start waiting for your money. In one way or another though, you should be able to get your money so you can buy your school supplies.
Get a Book List
You should be able to get a list of books you need for your classes before the semester starts. Doing this will allow you to rent your textbooks before everyone else does, and it will let you budget out your money if you can’t pay for the books all at once. If you are getting an education on the internet, you should be able to log into your online classrooms and see what your books are early on. If you are attending a traditional college campus, you should still be able to print out a list from the web. Use that list to get all the reading materials you need for your classes this semester.
Read the Syllabus
Try to read over the syllabus for each of your courses as soon as you get it because that will outline the materials you need for class. If you can get out the first day and buy everything you need, you won’t have to worry about getting stuck with the leftover supplies at the end of the week. You can usually save time, money, and stress by simply buying your supplies early on, so you need to make an effort to do that. You can also pay for an essay in advance, so you do not have to look where you can do it. This will keep you ahead of the game every single semester.
Contact the Professor
If you know you are going to be a little late in getting your school supplies, you need to contact your professor to let him or her know. Most professors will allow slight extensions if you are having trouble getting your supplies, but you won’t know if your instructors will do that unless you contact them. You can email them.