Fall Semester Checklist
Thursday, August 3, 2017
With Fall Semester less than three weeks away, it’s a good idea to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you take a seat in your first class on August 21st. Read on to discover last minute “to-do” items to check off your list.
1. Register for Classes. If you haven’t already signed up for an Academic Advisement & Registration (AAR) event, this is your number one priority. At AAR, you’ll meet your instructors, get your class schedule set up, receive your student ID card, and have a chance to check out all the resources we offer our students. Be sure to stop by the Career Services booth if you’re interested in looking for a part-time job while in college.
2. Contact your Roommates. Get to know each other a little before move-in day! This is also a good opportunity to decide who is bringing specific items like dishes and silverware to avoid a duplicate toaster crisis. If you’re moving into the Southeast Tech apartments, we’ve got you covered on beds, a couch, and the dining table.
3. Make a College Packing List. Making a list will save you from multiple trips to Target when you inevitably forget something. Fill your book bag with the essential supplies like notebooks, a planner, sticky notes, pens and highlighters. If you’re moving into a new apartment, don’t overlook those easily forgotten items that always seemed to magically refill themselves at home, like toilet paper and garbage bags. This site has a pretty good list to get you started.
4. Attend JumpStart. JumpStart week starts August 14th (check your specific JumpStart Day on your class schedule). This is where you’ll get your laptop set up and pick up your apartment keys, which leads to number 5…
5. Move-in Day! Check out this post for some great tips for move-in day, such as how to pack, stay organized, and manage your time. If you’re moving into the Southeast Tech apartments, we allow you to move in a week early for less stress. Your scheduled move-in day is the day before your JumpStart session.
6. Get Your Textbooks and Southeast Tech Gear. You have your class schedule, so now you need to get your books. Books can be purchased at the Bookstore on campus, located in the lower level of the Mickelson Center. You can also purchase your books online at bookstore.southeasttech.com. Many books this year are also available as eBooks. Don’t forget to grab a new hoodie or water bottle to show off your school pride and start #livingblue!
7. Plan to Get Involved in Student Organizations. Whether you want to be involved in Student Government Association (SGA) or a program-specific student organization, this is a great way to make new friends, network, and develop leadership skills. It’s also a great addition on your resumé! Check them out here.
8. Have a Plan. Establishing goals and habits early on in college will help you succeed in the long run, like learning to manage your time so you don’t spend all of your valuable study time binge-watching Netflix. Speaking of studying, the “1-7-30 Study Routine” is a great way to help you retain more of what you learn in class. Now is also a good time to log into STInet and start checking your Southeast Tech email to establish a good daily habit and ensure you don’t miss out on important student information.
9. Follow Southeast Tech on Social Media. Get connected with the campus and other students through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by following @SoutheastTechSD. You can also follow us on Pinterest for ideas to help you with college prep, career readiness, and just good ol’ inspiration.
10. Stay Fueled. Make sure your pantry and fridge are stocked up with quick and healthy, on-the-go snacks to keep you going on days with back-to-back classes and study sessions. Check out this list of some great snack ideas that don’t include a bag of potato chips – at least not all the time! Be sure to check out our budget friendly Pinterest board for some affordable, easy meals as well!
See you in a few weeks!