September is around the corner and students will be flocking back to college but before the student deals arrive with full force, here are some top ten tips to ensure that you’ re all in order before getting back to academia:
1.Â Undo the Evidence of Your Summer Fun on Facebook
Did you haveÂ a great summer? Before Autumn getsÂ back to full swing, you should take some time to review your timeline.Â Do the pictures paint the story you want for friends, colleagues or family? If not, then Â setÂ any undesirable posts to “Me Only” so you can keep the memories withoutÂ the shame. Try using a social media monitoring service call Reppler.com
2.Â Ask Your Friends About Their Summer Jobs.
Its become more evident that we are more active online than we have ever been before. While online accounts are known for helping us to be sociable it is also good place to build on those work connections. Whether its previous fellow classmates, colleagues or acquaintancesÂ Â could become extremely valuable connections in the future. Find out what your old classmates did, where they have been working. Could be they have connections at a company you might wantÂ an introduction into later on. Get in touch with some old classmates via social networks and who knows what doors they could open
/> 3.Â Sell Your Old Textbooks on Half.com.
The textbook industry has itÂ all figured out. They put a new edition and year on each book, and thenÂ get the classes to require the newest edition. But only very rarely areÂ the changes from year to year that significant. Greek historyÂ 2012 is probably not too far off from Greek history 2013. Your collegeÂ bookstore won’t give you more than 20% of retail on your books. But ifÂ you sell your books on Half or Amazon, you could get over 50% of theÂ book’s value.
4.Â Rent Your New Textbooks on Kindle.
There is something nice aboutÂ thumbing through a book. But there is also something nice about payingÂ only €19 to rent a digital textbook instead of paying Â €100 for tenÂ pounds of lower back pain to carry around all semester. With Kindle, youÂ can take notes, highlight and even Tweet favorite passages. ConsiderÂ renting your required reading instead of killing trees this year. LearnÂ about Kindle textbook rentals here.
/> 5.Â Update Your Summer Job on LinkedIn.
The longer you wait to includeÂ your summer work on your LinkedIn profile, the more you’re going toÂ forget the details of what you did. Â Don’t undervalue what you’ve done thisÂ summer. Record your work experience in your LinkedIn profile. Also tryÂ adding some of these new elements to your profile.
6.Â Get Summer Job Recommendations Before Your Boss Forgets Who You Are.
/> Not only will you forget the details of your job once school starts, butÂ your boss will probably forget about how much they liked you. WithÂ online job seeking, one of the most powerful elements you bring to theÂ table is what other people think about you. In years past, this used toÂ be a very formal process. You’d have to request a letter ofÂ recommendation from your boss. Then they’d ask you to write it andÂ they’d sign it. These days, all you need is a few short paragraphs onÂ your LinkedIn profile. These notes from past managers will be assetsÂ that will serve you well once you start your career search.
7.Â Use Mint to Budget Your Expenses So You Don’t Use Credit Cards.
/> Ever ask yourself why credit card companies promote their plastic soÂ relentlessly on campuses throughout the country? It’s because they know many students willÂ use their cards and not pay back the debt for years.Use an easy and free budgetingÂ tool to make sure you don’t overspend this semester.Â Mint.com is a free financial management website that aggregates yourÂ bank accounts and credit cards into one place.
/> 8.Â Google yourself to See Your Online Reputation.
Our generation has the unique advantage of being online from an earlyÂ age. This means you’ve been building an online reputation whether youÂ know it or not. Once your online reputation gets a blemish, it’s ratherÂ hard to fix.
/> 9.Â Manage Your Schedule with Google Calendar features.
When you haveÂ all of your classes, clubs and meetings in one Google Calendar, yourÂ schedule is everywhere you need it to be: on your phone and computer.Â You don’t have to shade out three months of classes, only to find outÂ after a week that you don’t like your professor and will not take thatÂ class after all. Changing a calendar event is simply a matter ofÂ deleting, not erasing. . If your college hasn’t switched to the Google platform, use yourÂ Gmail account.
10.Â Use RateMyProfessor.com to Make Sure You Get a Good Class.
Education is only as good as theÂ professors who teach your classes. It doesn’t matter what university you goÂ it, if your professor is tired, burnt out or just plain uninspired; yourÂ semester will be hell. After you register for the class because you think theÂ title is interesting, head on over to RateMyProfessor.comÂ to make sure the professor can deliver.