The middle of spring semester brings a variety of things, both good and bad; midterms week and spring break, to name a couple. However, it also brings a lot to do to ensure success in following months. Unless you’re graduating this semester (congratulations if you are!), there are definitely some things you should be doing right now.
HERE’S THE COLLEGE STUDENT’S MID-SEMESTER CHECKLIST
CHECK AND CONFIRM FINANCIAL AID
It’s about mid semester when financial aid is released for the following school year. Make sure you check over and confirm whatever financial aid you have listed. Most schools require some paperwork and an actual confirmation from the student to apply the aid to your account, so get on it!
APPLY FOR NEXT SEMESTER’S SCHOLARSHIPS
While you’re checking up on that financial aid, you should keep your eye out for ways to lessen the amount of loans you take out. Scholarships can be found online for almost anything and everything (I was one of the top runners for a scholarship for Republican women at one point-you can find countless opportunities), and are typically very simple to fill out. Some don’t even require an essay! Start searching for scholarships for next school year.
LOOK FOR SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
Although most of us would enjoy some summer free time, we typically don’t want to sit around all summer. Internships, summer jobs, and trips are definitely great ways to spend the warmer months. If you’re planning on holding a summer internship or job, you should be searching and applying NOW. If you wait until school is out for the year, you’ll probably find yourself with very few opportunities.
MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR
Even if you can register for classes without your advisor submitting the registration, you should probably still meet with your advisor. They can give you tips as to which classes you still need for graduation, how you’re doing with credits, and answer any questions you have.
CHECK MIDTERM GRADES
Possibly painful, but still, you should definitely check those grades. You don’t want to have to repeat a class when you could just put some extra work in during the last half of the semester and bump that grade up.
MAKE A PROJECT AND EXAM LIST
The last few weeks of the semester will fly by, and if you don’t keep up, you could end up missing an important deadline. Make a list or a schedule of upcoming projects and exams, and note when you should start working on things. Don’t get caught off guard.
START PLANNING HOW TO PACK UP YOUR DORM ROOM
It may seem a little early to think about how you’re going to pack everything up and get it home, but it’s important to plan ahead. Personally, by thinking through this ahead of time, I know what I’m going to take home the two different times I’m home before summer, and that way, when move out day comes, I’ll be able to fit everything else in my car. Have a strategy in place!
What other things do you get done after midterms week? Let HYPELINE know in the comments!