I’m already freaked out that July 4th is behind us and the Fall 2015 semester will be starting in a little over a month. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not totally excited for what this new semester will bring! If I had to choose, I think Fall semesters are probably my favorite. Coming off of a 3 month summer break, I feel refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes my way! This includes preparing for the semester ahead which, let’s face it, is one of my favorite things. I usually begin prepping at the beginning of August. That way, I give myself plenty of time to get it together! Now, without further ado, here’s a list of how I personally prepare for each Fall semester!
1. DIY, DIY, DIY
Now is the time to get all of those DIY projects you’ve been dying to try out of the way! I know you’ve been pinning dorm organization and apartment decor ideas all summer and now is the perfect time to try them! I find that winter break goes way too quickly and I can never find enough time to get any projects done because of the holidays. So, I save all of my projects for the end of summer and that allows me to be able to proudly display them when I move into my new apartment or dorm!
2. Planner Hunting
My favorite activity! I spend a few weeks in the summer researching planners and deciding which one will work best for me. This summer, I even created a guide to help college students find the right planner! I also wrote a post about the beautiful Day Designer Blue Sky planners from Target so make sure you check that out if you’re still huntin’ for that perfect planner!
3. School Supply Shopping
(My second favorite activity.) I usually purchase a notebook for each class, a binder, some new highlighters/pens (if I need them!), and any other items I find “essential”. If you’re about to be a college freshman, here’s a post of what I think you’ll need!
4. Make a Packing List (and start packing!)
I usually always start making a list around this time of things I need to remember to pack! Since I’m going to be in a new apartment, I have to make sure I have all of the essentials for decorating and otherwise! Check out my post, “The Only College Packing List You’ll Need“! It has every single thing that I needed (and I made a note of the things I didn’t!) for dorm living and I even included a printable version! If you decide to use another list (such as one from Pinterest or one your school gives you), there might be some items listed that you might not have ever used before or thought you needed. Don’t purchase those items unless you’re absolutely positive you’ll need it and use it! There were a good amount of items I bought for my freshman year (and sophomore year!) that I didn’t end up using. I found myself asking, why did I buy this? Don’t be like me!
5. Check if the Syllabus is Posted
Usually I’m not added into classes on Blackboard until the week before the class begins (sometimes even the day before, SMH professors!) but I always check just in case. I like to start organizing myself as soon as I can (because I love it) so if the syllabus is posted in advance, it just gives me more time to start writing things down in my planner!
6. Set Some Goals
The last thing I do is try to set some goals for myself for the upcoming semester. For example, I’ve come really close to making the Dean’s List both freshman and sophomore year and this year I’m making it my goal to be on the Dean’s List! Other goals could be to go to the gym at least 3 times per week, study for at least an hour each night, or to go out more (I tend to be a homebody during the school year). The best thing about goal setting is that it’s COMPLETELY up to you! Make sure you set goals that are attainable but still will allow you to learn + grow!
What do you do to prepare for an upcoming semester?