I had the Billy Madison “Back to School” song stuck in my head as I prepared to start my first day of classes last Thursday. I reflected on my academic career and thought about resources I wish I had known about prior to graduating.
The first day of class can be daunting and if you are a first year student, you often are clueless about the resources available to college students.
I decided to pull together a brief list of resources and articles I thought could be helpful to new or returning students.
Often times you are living off a stipend or refund check. Creating a budget and finding a scholarship can be useful ways to save money while in college.
- 7 ways to protect yourself from identity theft – Student Hacks
- 7 frugal apps to help you save money in college – Student Hacks
- SIPA fellowship directory – Columbia University
- Engineering and applied science fellowship directory – Columbia University
- Fellowship database – Cornell University
- Graduate scholarships, fellowships, and loans – Michigan State University Library
- Fellowship opportunities database – University of Illinois
- You Need a Budget software – YNAB (save $6 with this link)
You are in school to succeed professionally, socially, and academically. Make the most of all the academic resources available on campus
- 11 things professors wished students knew before finals – Lisa-Marie Pierre
To me a campus is like a small town, so it is important to be mindful of the environmental impact of all the students, staff, faculty, and facilities.
- 5 tips to green your college experience – Robert Brinkmann
You wrote or posted something silly on social media and quickly deleted. All clear right? Not necessarily. Screenshots have the been demise of many. Before you hit send or take a wild photo, make sure it is something you don’t mind digitally following you and being attached to your reputation.
Entrance into graduate school means the level of expectations is high. Take the time to learn the ropes.
- 101 Twitter accounts every PhD student should follow – Online PhD Program
- Over great website for students – Grad Hacker
Depending on your major you will write many papers. Even if you do not have a major that requires significant writing, I suggest learning the basics.
- 5 steps to completing your first draft – Daily Writing Tips
Being organized has helped me tremendously in my life. Find something that works for you and stick to the plan; it will make things go smoothly.
- 4 geeky ways to organize your Gmail inbox for school – Student Hacks
In addition to studying and planning your career, remember to laugh and enjoy yourself.
- 19 back to school tips from Community – Mashable
Any great resources or articles you would add to this list?
An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.
Photo Credit: Maryam