School supply shopping is the highlight of the end of the summer. Yes, the camping and hiking was fun. The bon fires were lovely. The weekend trips to Lake Michigan are unbeatable. But… there’s something about getting new school supplies. The fresh notebooks and folder just smell of a fresh start, a new beginning, and the opportunity to finally keep up with the reading. For incoming freshman, it is important to understand that college classes require different materials from high school. Keep reading to learn about some of the things you’ll need to be successful this fall.
The big idea here is that you stay organized. Many students feel overwhelmed when they start college and they tell themselves they aren’t smart enough to make it. Intellectual ability is not the problem, it’s the ability to stay organized and stick to a schedule. Attending class, keeping up with reading and assignment, and taking detailed notes is half the battle.
It is important to note a laptop is not on this list. Yes, it is helpful to have a laptop. However, there are many computer labs on campus that are open late at night. If a laptop is not in your budget, take advantage of the computers on campus. They all have the Microsoft Office Suite and many have the Adobe Suite.
Good luck and happy school supply shopping!