I will be at orientation today fro 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM to hopefully meet a few new students! For this post, I wanted to write on a few different topics relating to the academic side of college.
#1 – Schedule
~ Since some of you have already registered for your classes, share your schedule! Whether you take a picture of your schedule and post it to your Facebook or write it on here, it is always nice to know ahead of time that you will have at least one person you know in your class.
#2 – Ordering Books
~ As you may have heard, college textbooks are extremely expensive. There are so many options – buying used versus buying new, purchasing through the Barnes and Noble on campus, the University Bookstore on King street, or through your own way, eBooks versus good ole fashion textbooks, and so forth. I will give you information regarding all these options, and I’ll run through what I did my Freshman year.
Buying used versus new
- The easiest way I think to buy books is through the Barnes and Noble website.
- Once you are on the website, click on Textbooks then Find Textbook or Textbook Rentals.
- Then, select your classes and go from there! It is that simple.
- You also have an option to have the books mailed to your house, or they can hold the box of books for you at the Bookstore (which is on Calhoun street right around the corner from Berry and McAlister dorm)
- So you could have your parents unpack, and you could run over to the Bookstore, show them your Cougar Card, and pick up your books (they will most likely be a little heavy!)
- I also have friends who wait until they go to all of their classes and see which books the teacher are actually using and which they might have taken off the list – the only downside is that some of the Barnes and Noble books might be gone for your specific class. (If that is the case, you can also try the University Bookstore for new and used books which is on King Street across the alley Five Guys)
- If you buy used, you must return them to wherever you bought them at the end of the semester. If you buy new, yes it will be more expensive the day of your purchase but you can make some money when you sell your book back. (Booths will be up all around campus when the semester comes to an end where you can sell your books back)
Where to purchase textbooks from?
- Like I mentioned above, I really like the Barnes and Noble website and picking up my book when I return back to school in the summer or winter.
- When I can not find a book in the Barnes and Noble bookstore or the book is not carried there, I go to the University bookstore on Kin Street.
- I have heard of other websites where people can get books including Amazon.com, Chegg.com, and eBay.com
eBooks versus textbooks
- Yes, heavy textbooks are a pain, but most teachers do not make you bring them to every single class.
- I have seen a few people in the library who have their books on their iPads or an eReader since that is a more green and not as heavy.
- Definitely do more research into eBooks, but I think there is an app for eBooks where you can put in the authors name and title and see if the book you need is available.
- On the Barnes and Noble College of Charleston website, there is a section for eBooks.
- Many college textbooks might not be available in this option.
- Some of you might already have laptops which you like and others might be in the market to buy a new one. Being an iPhone, iPad, and Macbook Air user, I definitely like Apple products! I remember when I was a freshman, Apple had this special for college students. If you bought a laptop from them, you would get a printer for free. Now, I think the deal is if you purchase a laptop from Apple, you will get money towards the App Store. (Again, check into those deals at our Apple Store, but if you purchase a laptop or iPad you will get some money off!) You will get a different amount of money for the App Store if you buy an iPad instead of laptop. I did not get a laptop for graduation or have a good one I used during high school so during orientation I got to buy a laptop right from the Apple Store on King street. Easiest way to do it! The college also might give you information on a Student Backup Program which backs up your documents and other information from your computer at a certain hour every day incase your computer happens to crash. You can log in with your information, for example, at home, and you can retrieve any document. Here is more information on that! I also had my own printer. CVS does have paper and some printer cartridges so whenever either one runs out, it is only a quick walk away to restock. I did not share a printer with my roommate since she had her own, but some people think it is easier just for one person to bring a printer, then ask when you need it! This might also cut down on cost when it comes to paper and cartridges.
These a just some of the tips I have for when school starts, but I hope this gets you thinking about the academic side of college!