Written by: Billie Clark
Classes start Monday, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready. Not only am I still in vacation mode (staying up too late, waking up too early, and wearing pajamas instead of being an adult) but I also have a bunch of stuff to do to prepare for the new term!
Here is a list of things to think about and get ready so that your first week of classes—and the rest of the semester—goes well:
Get Your Syllabi Early
Go on Blackboard and download any of the syllabi or course outlines that your professors have posted for the Winter term. If you look them over before class, you can make sure you know what you’ll be learning in the course, especially if it is one you’re unsure of. And, if you look at your syllabi early, you can mark all the due dates for all your courses in your agenda—so that you can plan work schedules or events around your busy periods.
Make Sure Your Agenda is Up-to-Date
For the most part, this probably won’t be an issue, but you should double-check that your agenda, or any other planner you use to organize your school life, goes to at least May 2017. If you don’t have a planner that goes past January 2017, you’ll find yourself in a lot of trouble come March! And if you don’t have an agenda or day-planner, I would recommend investing in one—there are all sorts, and you should be able to find a planner or other organizational tool that allows you to keep track of your classes, assignments, readings, events, and other aspects of your academic life.
Pay Your Tuition
OSAP students should double-check their guidelines, but tuition for the Winter term is due January 9th—Monday. There is a fine if you pay late, so be sure to look in your Trent student email to see if you received an email from Student Accounts in December, or check out the Financial Services page for information on how to pay your tuition.
I know that after tuition is all paid, and the bills from gift-shopping, money can be a bit tight. But you’ll want to make sure you’ve got everything you need for classes. Do you have paper or a notebook, or multiple notebooks for taking notes in classes? Maybe not, if you use your laptop. Do you have pens or pencils? Highlighters? Sticky notes? Go through your pencil case and make sure you have everything you need to get you through the first week or two of classes, at least. And don’t forget to pick up a hat and gloves to keep you warm this term!