Most of you should have already taken placement testing, gone to NSO, and have scheduled classes. Now what? Your whole senior year of highschool has been devoted to preparing for college, and it's almost here. If you are like me, you probably have a checklist that you've been going over and over again. With move-in being almost a month away, here are some items to add to your checklist. (If you haven't already.)
- Make sure your housing is squared away.
- Email your roomies.
- Go shopping!
- Make sure your financial aid is in order.
- Think about books.
Go to the UWM Bookstore and click on the classes and sections that you are signed up for. If your professor knows what book they would like to use for the course, it'll be listed there. Not all professors post the required text on the site, though. You may have to wait until you get your syllabus to know exactly what books you need. Feel free to shop around for books, but make sure you have the right edition. When searching for the text, be sure to input the ISBN. That's a number assigned to each individual edition of each book that is internationally recognize. It's important to get the correct book. If you have edition 15 of your math book and the rest of the class is on edition 16, your homework likely won't match up. Don't stress out too much about books, though. You don't need your books on the first day of class; most professors know that students may wait to purchase a book. Otherwise, look for emails from your professor on your UWM email account.
- Start hunting for a job.
Read your common read, Percepolis, your move-in guide, and all letters and emails sent from the university. Also, many authors have written books just for first-year students to help them adjust to college. I read The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen before college and it helped out a ton. Not to mention, Harlan is coming to UWM for Fall-Welcome!