Back to School – One Month Later

Its been almost a month since school has started. Everyone is running around, rushing to classes, trying to manage there time between work and school, hoping to meet their deadline for assignments and studying frantically for their first tests. It’s time to take a step back and have a breather. Here are a few things you can do to make yourself successful this semester.

Have everything on a schedule

It helps to know what you have to do. If you are the one with an always busy schedule, you might be doing it wrong. Have a schedule of doing things. Allocate time for each of your courses and plan your personal time too. This way you won’t get burnt out. This needen’t be set in stone but something you can refer to whenever you feel lost. Haven’t everything organized and planned isn’t just the first step to academic success but also to your personal success.

Check which courses to drop

Go through your registered course list one more time. Check which ones you may want to drop. You have already missed the course drop deadline for unregistering them. However, there is still a Voluntary Withdrawal deadline approaching. this maybe your second chance to drop any courses without affecting your grade.

Get your winter gear

Don’t wait for the first snowfall. Winter is coming, and is coming hard this year. Get your winter gear. There are many stores getting rid of their old winter inventory. Look for some and get a few extra ones. You never know when you’ll need one.

Winter tires

If you are driving, its time you set up an appointment for your winter tires. The roads are cold and will be icy soon. Winter tires is the one thing you can’t compromise on. It’s better to be safe on ice then sorry in an accident. You can either buy them outright or get one through MPI’s winter tire program, which divides the cost to monthly payments.

Get your gadgets ready

An iPad with a pencil is the best experience I have ever had with note taking for lectures. Combined with the Microsoft OneNote App, this will replace your notebooks almost entirely. Get a keyboard too for typing up your outlines on the go. For someone with a busy schedule, getting an iPad would be the best choice to keep up with the school work.

Some good quality headphones will be good to get solitude in public spaces. I personally prefer airpods, but if they are too pricey for you, there are other options out there, many of them being cheaper and better.

Organize your folders and files in your laptop and phone. This is not the time to have your 5 year old file of miscellaneous on your desktop. Get rid of it or archive it. Organizing your laptop folders and files will give make you feel as if you have a new laptop or a phone and will keep you fresh for rest of the semester.

Get a coffee machine

You might be spending around $5 – 10 a day on coffee. It is better to get a coffee machine and a hot drink travel mug. Not only will this save you money, you’ll also save necessary time by skipping the lines in the morning and utilize it towards reading your next assignment. Getting a coffee machine is always a good investment.

Well, that’s it for now. This isn’t a comprehensive checklist but one that will help you power through this semester. I wish you all good luck.

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