Ways to Get Ready for the Fall Semester
The dog days of summer are quickly coming to a close, which means it’s time to start thinking about preparing for the fall semester. This is a momentous occasion for you, the incoming freshman, just beginning your journey into higher education. You may be new to Broward College and what it has to offer. Or you could be a returning scholar one step closer to achieving your academic goals. Fresh-faced or not, there are a number of things you can do to get ready for the upcoming semester at the College.
Research– Knowledge is power. The more you know ahead a time the smoother the transition. Of course, a great source is the Broward College website. It’s there you will find a one-stop shop for all types of important information. Even those in their second, third or fourth years can benefit from taking time out to do this. You don’t want to be one of those students late to a class because you can’t find the classroom on your first day. The website contains maps and addresses to all the different campuses.
Come Prepared– There are the basic essentials like notebooks, pens and highlighters. However, it’s good to also look ahead at the reading material and list of other supplies you may need for a particular class. And if you know your days are going to be long and jam-packed, it may be a good idea to pick up some snacks to take along with you. In order for the mind to be fed, the body should be fueled as well.
Parking– Chances are you are driving to your campus each day. That is why it’s imperative to get your parking decal. Don’t tempt fate and walk to your vehicle after class with a ticket on your windshield. These safety officers don’t play. Permit applications are available online. Now may also be a good time to get that oil change, check those tires and look into the overall condition of your vehicle. Missing class due to a broken down car is not fun.
Dates– No, I’m not talking about deciding what to do on a Saturday night. I’m talking about important dates like the first day of class, which is Aug. 22. There are also other dates to know including add/drop, last day to pay tuition, etc. Add those dates in your calendar before you forget.
Classes– Be sure to look at your schedule ahead of time to see if they contain the classes you wanted to enroll. Is it the right day and time? What room and campus? It’s also never too early to start thinking about what Pathway you want to take for your future. Plan to set up to meet with an advisor, especially if you are reaching the end of your degree program. Visit the Career Center – it’s a great resource for career exploration, job readiness, internship/job placement assistance and more.
Get Involved- If you are new to Broward College, a good way to get acclimated and to make friends is to get involved. The institution has a wealth of student life events, clubs and organizations. Beyond just attending classes, participating is a fun way to build a sense of pride to be a Broward College Seahawk and to help create a memorable college experience.
Smile- The beginning of every semester is always an exciting time filled with new beginnings. If you go in with a positive attitude and a motivation to work hard, then you are already heading in the right direction. A good mindset can make all the difference even before you step on campus.
The first few weeks can be stressful and somewhat overwhelming initially. However, if you follow the above tips, it will ensure things go a little bit easier for you. So take a deep breath and prepare to make the upcoming semester the best one possible.