As the end of the summer draws to a close and the beginning of a brand new semester presents itself, there are just some things that you should do before the summer ends to make sure that you kick of the opening of the academic year in the right way.
That’s right, if you haven’t been doing this already, it is important that you give yourself a break and some time to relax before the Fall semester starts and your schedule starts getting hectic.
Read a book
Starting in August, the time you have for reading a book that is not “required” reading may no longer exist. You still have a few weeks to find and finish a book of your choice. Whether it’s The Happiness Project or Friends Forever, stop by Barnes and Nobel or your local library and find yourself something to read.
Hangout with friends & family
Because who knows when you’ll get a chance to do that once the semester begins (that is depending on how studious you are of course).
From cleaning out your email inbox to sorting through your personal documents, it is very important to be in a state of organization once the new semester rolls around. You’ll be able to spend the time you need on what’s most important rather than trying to get things done in a whole mess of confusion.
Check your transcript
For any student other than a freshman, it will be quite helpful to review your transcript before the semester begins. By doing this, you’ll be able to see clearly what your game plan needs to be moving forward. Looking at your transcript and your academic performance at the beginning of the semester should push you to make goals for yourself – whether it’s a goal to maintain your 4.0 gpa or improving your academic credentials.
Check out coursera
From courses in Humanities to Biology, Coursera has partnered with top universities to offer free courses online for anyone to take. If you aren’t already taking one of these courses you should. For you all, we’ve got our eyes on the following courses: Organic Chemistry courtesy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Statistic One courtesy of Princeton University, Modern and Contemporary American Poetry courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania, Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach courtesy of Duke University, Intro to Logic courtesy of Stanford University, Community Change in Public Health courtesy of Johns Hopkins University, Drugs and the Brain courtesy of the California Institute of Technology, and Think Again: How to Reason and Argue courtesy of Duke University. Hey you’ve got nothing to lose – you watch lectures taught by top professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercise.