As the temperature finally broke the 60 degree mark, and it seems to students that the semester is almost over, it is often useful to take a step back and realize that there is still much work to be done. It is tough to not get overwhelmed by the workload that the end of the semester can offer, but we still must remember one of the most important things of the end of the semester, preparing for the next one.
In the midst of studying for your numerous finals, or typing your plentiful research papers diligently, there are a few key things that must be done to ensure that your next semester at Adrian College is possible.
The first of these things is registering. The reason we are all at school is to get an education, and without registering for classes, it is impossible to do this. The most crucial part is making an advising appointment and then showing up to your advising appointment.
Just showing up and throwing some classes into your schedule is not the way to go about advising. To be successful and get out of AC on time, you must plan ahead and actually take classes that you need to graduate.
If you fool around and take too many 100 level electives, for instance, you will probably find yourself crying when coming out of your senior year degree audit. Also, take classes that interest you. There is nothing worse than taking a class you have no interest in just to fill credits, it will make your semester miserable.
The next thing that you need to make sure is in order is everyone’s least favorite topic, finances. As we should all know, housing deposits were due a while ago, and if you have paid for that, you are likely set for a living arrangement for next year. However, this does not mean you are all set to go.
It is crucial that you look over your financial situation for the next semester to make sure that you are getting the scholarships or other aid that you usually get, so there are no sudden surprises when you come back in the fall. The last thing you want to do is come back to a bill that is larger than you expected.
Along with this, make sure that you are beginning to save for next year’s schooling. Most college students feel the pain of student loans eventually; so paying off as much as you can is the best way to go.
If you are able to, start working and compiling some money now, and over the summer, so that your financial stress can be somewhat eliminated next semester. It is never too early to begin saving.
With all of the hassle of worrying about next year in the middle of the semester, the final thing you need to make sure of is that your grades are good enough for you to remain as a student, and therefore finishing out the semester strong is important as well.
Do not let the nice weather distract you from your studies, you will have an entire four months to relax and enjoy the weather in the summer. It is tough to sit inside and listen to a boring lecture while there are many others outside on campus playing sports or just lounging outside, but taking the class route instead will pay off much more in the end. When you are home for the summer and you see your report card with great marks, it will be well worth the work.
With the year winding down, just remember, finish strong, and do all that you can to make sure that next year is in order. With all of this behind you, you will be able to move on and effectively celebrate your summer with the ease of mind that next year is all ready to go. For now, do all the preparations that you need for next year, because if you do not, this could be your last semester.