Opinion: 5 quick tips for back to school

Fall is finally here! Which means it’s time to shake the summer sand out of your flip flops and embrace the golden leaves, salted caramel mochas and used textbooks Autumn quarter brings.  During this time of year, many faces — old and new — will appear on campus. Whether you’re an incoming freshmen or a rising senior, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you step into this new season victoriously.

Remember — It’s better to be early than late 

Many professors (and employers) hate tardiness. Frequent tardiness is often viewed as rude or careless behavior. However, life happens. Heavy traffic, transportation issues or prior commitments might make arriving to class on time difficult. That is why one should opt to be early rather than on time. Try setting your clock ahead 15 minutes to a half hour to trick yourself into arriving to your destination early. Another way to combat tardiness is to  download an app on to your phone or laptop that will tell you when it’s time to go to bed. You might feel more refreshed in the morning and ready to take on the day. 

Get a planner

When I was in middle school, every student was required to use and bring our school issued planner to class. As a tween, I found the practice to be annoying. But now, as a college student,  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to use one. Be it assignments, date nights or work related events, planners play a crucial role in organizing one’s schedule. Autumn quarter brings about a host of activities that you’ll want to keep track of, so download a planner app on your phone or laptop, or even purchase one at the University Bookstore.

Read/ Work Ahead

This idea came from a friend. Each summer before her autumn classes, she’d purchase her books, read them early and take notes. She swears by the time autumn quarter rolled around, she’d feel ready to ace any class. Try reading a chapter or more ahead and take notes. This way you’ll save yourself the headache when crafting a study guide. 

Pack a lunch

Food around campus can be expensive. Cut down on costs by packing your own lunch to eat on campus. Save yourself time by preparing a meal(s) the night before. It is a more effective way to be more financially efficient and healthier as well! 

Attend Campus Events

Campus events are a great way to network, learn or refine skills and just have fun! This school year is loaded with fun events, but here are a few upcoming events you might be interested in attending this fall:

  • Student Involvement Fair, September 26 from 12–1:30 p.m. 

Come one, come all! Learn how you can get involved with one (or more) of the 65 student organizations that will be featured at the Student Involvement Fair. This event will take place on the Prairie Line Trail at the center of campus.

  • Friday Night Flicks, September 27 from 5:30–10:30 p.m. 

Watch a “drive-in” style flick with friends at this free screening! The exact flick(s) are still being determined. This event hosted by the Student Activities Board will take place at Tacoma Court 17 Green. 

  • Resumes For Internships, October 2 from 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Learn how to nag an internship at this workshop hosted by Career Development and Education. This event will take place in JOY 104.