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    Countdown to the Fall Semester

    by Meghan Kowalski on 2023-08-16T08:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

    Fall semester classes start next week! We can't wait to see campus fill up with Firebirds again.

    Here are our tips to help you get ready for the new semester.


    Know Your Schedule - Write down classes in your calendar. If you're coming back to campus, be sure to write down the class location and build in time to commute to campus. Add some cushion just in case you miss a train or traffic is worse than expected.

    Gather Your Stuff - If your classes are in-person get your bag ready. Pack everything you need (including some extra masks!). Remember your books, a pen, notebooks, computer, phone, chargers, and everything else that makes you happy to learn. If your classes are online, pick a space to attend class and get it ready. Having a dedicated place to work can help get you in the mindset to learn.

    Have a Plan: College is more than attending classes. You must build study time in to your schedule. If you’re an athlete, you need to consider practices and games. If you’re a member of a group, you’ll need to plan for meetings and other activities. Now is the time to create a plan for how you’ll handle everything. Set goals for what you want to accomplish. To keep you on track, create a journal to track your work and always remember to celebrate your successes. 

    Get Your Books and Course Materials - As soon as you can, get access to any material required for your classes. These are often listed in Blackboard, on the syllabus, or through the bookstore. If you are in the Follett All Access program, learn more (including information about opting out) here. If you need a laptop, check out UDC's laptop loaner program.

    Sign Up for the Library's Newsletter! - Once a month, we share our favorite tips, tricks, recommendations, and stories. Each issue is sent mid-month. Sign up now to start getting the library in your inbox.

    Be Kind to Yourself - Treat yourself as you would treat your best friend. Take breaks, rest, breath. Say kind words. You have earned it. You deserve it. 


    Have a great fall semester, Firebirds!

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