Contrary to popular belief, the beginning of the quarter isn’t exactly peaceful! For me, things tend to be hectic, but I know eventually it will all settle down and I will settle into my usual routine.
Things to do:
1) Finalize class schedule. Hopefully everything has worked out like I hoped, but sometimes once syllabi come out, plans need to change. Examples… conflicting midterms, more papers then expected etc.
2) Buy textbooks. At the beginning of my college career, I was always prepared and bought books for all my classes before the quarter began. Nowadays, I like to wait to see if I need them and of course, wait to make sure I am actually in the class. Tip: If you need the textbook to write one paper, chances are it’s available in library reserve. Then comes trying to find the best prices on books. Usually I look on Amazon, UCLA textbook store, and of course, buy from previous students.
3) Join new activities. Beginning of the quarter most clubs have recruitment meetings and application processes. If there is something that I want to start doing, chances are I will need to pay attention to dates and times now!
Of course, this is just a short list which doesn’t include catching up with friends you haven’t seen in over a month!