6 Things to Do Before Classes Begin

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We’re entering crunch time! If you haven’t started classes already, you’re definitely ready to go and today’s post is all about some things you can do to ensure a successful start to your semester. I’m entering my final year at Temple University and the things listed below are all of the steps I take to make sure my semester starts off as smoothly as possible. It’s hard to transition from care-free summer to more scheduled days so hopefully following these steps will make it easier for you!

Prepare your planner.

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I probably get most excited about this. I wrote a whole post on my favorite planner options (and a printable planner version, too!). Once I find the perfect one for me I’m all about making sure it’s organized, my color coding is perfected, and I’m ready to go to town adding assignments, due dates, and any extra curricular stuff I need!

Grocery shop.

This one is not my favorite, but it’s important to stock up if you’ll be living in an apartment or dorm! My freshman year I practically lived off of granola bars and Easy Mac. Probably not the best idea, but you’ll definitely want something to snack on in your college dorm!

Print your syllabi, prepare your binders.

Another one of my favorite things! I print out all of my syllabi in advance as well as get my binders together by making cover pages and putting the color coordinated notebook inside!

Get into a routine.

Getting into a routine is hard, especially if you were one of the lucky ones who got to sleep in all summer long! As the end of the summer approaches, I try to set an earlier alarm and base it off of what my schedule will look like for the upcoming semester.

Organize your life.

Clean up your room, organize your closet, perfect your decorations, and make sure your space is everything you want it to be! It’ll get harder and harder to turn your space into something you want when you have lots of assignments, exams, and deadlines creeping up!

Order your textbooks.

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I make sure my textbooks get to my apartment in time by using Amazon Prime Student! It helps that you can find your textbooks for crazy discounted prices on Amazon as well. Amazon Prime Student offers free two-day shipping, thousands of movies and TV shows, exclusive college deals, and more! It’s the perfect way to not only order your textbooks, but any other items you might’ve forgotten at home after your move to college.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

  • mckenna bleu

    You really can never prepare yourself too much before school starts! Awesome tips!

  • Textbooks used to be the bane of my existence! Lol looks like they are a lot easier to handle now! Have a great semester!

  • These are awesome tips Kayla!! I feel like being prepared is what can help you have a great first week. Don’t know where I’d be without my planner right now! :)

    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

  • Melissa Manning

    I love Amazon Prime! Our textbook annex just got replaced by a huge Amazon store in our campus center. It’s really easy (and fun!) to use and I love how fast their shipping is! Here’s to a great start to senior year! 😀

    Melissa | melissa-manning.com

  • Jessica Powers

    These are such great tips Kayla! I’m all about being organized before classes start. I’m currently waiting impatiently for a le pen order so I can get to color coding my planner!

    – Jessica

  • Carly Ned

    Love all the advice!! Can I go back to college now? xx

    -Carly D.

  • Sami Mast

    Hopefully I’ll start out this school year with a better morning routine since I’ve been waking up at 7am all summer! I also love prepping my planner for the semester, it makes things so much easier to do it right when I get all my syllabi!


  • Greta Hollar

    I did none of this before starting school this week. Now I’m catching up! Good advice!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • one of my favorite things about a new semester was printing my syllabi then scheduling it all in my planner haha Like i literally got SO excited about doing that!

    – Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • Elly Leavitt

    Ordering my textbooks took me forever and they were always through sketchy sites! Wish I had used prime for sure

  • My last year of high school started on Wednesday but I wish I saw this before then, definitely will be saving for next year when I’ll be in college!


  • The Miss F

    I love organising my planner. Thanks for the article, it’s super helpful. ♥ themissf.com

  • Yes to all of these! I love getting my planner and my binders ready and my stuff organized before the beginning of the year/semester – something about it is so exciting and satisfying! Also, Amazon Prime Student is the bomb!

    Stephanie | http://www.stephanietherese.com

  • Grocery shopping isn’t your favorite?! Omg I LOVE it!!! Getting into a routine is an awesome tip that I wouldn’t have automatically thought about!

  • Merisa Ferrell

    Love this, seriously awesome tips! Also, love your monogram on your Macbook! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  • Awesome tips! I love the one about getting into a routine before classes start– it can be so hard to all of a sudden go from 0 to 60. Thanks for sharing!