The summer months are slowly passing by, and before we know it, we’ll be knee-deep in pumpkins and cool, crisp air. With the change in season also comes a new school year. To ensure a smooth transition, make sure to do these three things before fall quarter.
1.) Self Preparation
Making sure you are mentally prepared is probably the most difficult step before going back-to-school. Students who are already enrolled at South College likely already have a mental routine and are emotionally prepared for their next quarter of classes. However, prospective students, who are still thinking about whether or not to enroll this fall, might have more self preparation to do.
Before the school year begins, it’s important to mentally prepare yourself for a new learning environment. Talk to friends about your concerns, anxieties, hopes, and goals for starting school in the fall. There are several nontraditional students, adult learners and first-time college goers with the same questions and uncertainties as you.
Before summer is over, schedule a campus visit, so we can help you become more familiar with the back-to-school process. After that, applications and marking your calendar of important fall quarter deadlines is the only thing that stands between you and pursuing your education.
2.) School Preparation
Once you decide to enroll in classes during the fall quarter, the next thing on your to-do list is school preparation. Every quarter has slightly different requirements and expectations. Start by scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor to plan the best fitting schedule for you. This is a great time to log in to the student portal and read your syllabi and other materials posted by your professors.
Before the fall quarter, you should also prepare for your classes by visiting the campus bookstore. Here, you can buy all of your school supplies including textbooks, laptop and tablets, school apparel, test-taking materials, desk supplies and more. Once you have done all these things, you are one step closer to being prepared for your first day of fall quarter.
3.) Life Preparation
Lastly, after self preparation and school preparation, the third thing to prepare for is life responsibilities outside of school. We strongly encourage our students, especially our nontraditional students, to create a plan to balance work-life, family-life and school-life.
Some ways to prepare for this before the fall quarter are talking to your boss, taking advantage of financial aid early and managing your time. By establishing your values and using a planner to stay on schedule early, you are more likely to feel organized and in control. Try these ten time management tips to prepare for all aspects of your life this fall quarter.
Don’t procrastinate. Cross these things off your to-do list before the fall quarter, so you can focus on what is important—your education. And, if you haven’t done it yet, apply today!