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A Guide for a New Semester from Icon Student Spaces

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It’s September, and that means that the fall school semester is getting underway. So today the Icon Student Spaces Blog is sharing some tips for beginning a new semester at school here in St. Louis.

Be aware of the logistics.

Be prepared by knowing your schedule and having everything in order before school starts. Check your school’s website to find information that you absolutely can’t ignore, like information about when school starts, where your classes are, how you’re going to go about paying tuition, and anything else you need to think about ahead of time.

Look for an app, like Navigate (or one specific to your school) that can help you stay organized and on task. Even though it can be dreary, start working on any assignments or reading that you have to do before school starts so you can get it out of the way and focus on starting school off on the right foot and staying that way.

Get your school supplies.

Make sure you’ve stocked up on school supplies. It’s important to have access to the textbooks you need for your classes. Cut down on costs by buying electronic versions of your books, renting, or using interlibrary loan.

We recommend bringing your laptop or a notebook to your first class and then buying the rest of your school supplies after the first week. Highlighters, notebooks, and sticky notes are usually pretty safe bets when it comes to school supply shopping.

Meet your professors.

Getting to know your professor or any teacher’s assistants available to you can be a huge resource throughout the entire semester. Find a place to sit that feels comfortable for you and that enables you to focus on the material. Get your professor’s or TA’s contact information and sort out their office hours so you can know how to get in touch with them with any questions or problems. And chat with them. See how they’re willing to help you succeed so you can build healthy relationships, network, and get the assistance you need when the time comes.

And of course, don’t forget to have fun, build friendships, and try new things. All of these and more round out your college experience and make it meaningful for you.

We hope everyone in our Missouri apartment community has a great semester! What are your key strategies for having a successful semester? Let us know in the comments.