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End of the Semester Essentials

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End of the semester essentials at the University of Massachusetts

Being home for Thanksgiving break is a reminder that there are only two-and-a-half weeks left of classes. The end of the semester is jam packed with tests, projects, and papers. I have compiled a list of essentials I need to help make this busy time go by smoothly:

  1. Notebooks: I don’t know about you, but all the pages in my notebooks are completely filled. I just bought to two new ones to split between my six classes. The act of note taking helps me absorb class material better, although most of my courses have a no technology policy anyway. Study tip: write your notes in class and type them up in a Google Doc after.  
  2. Writing utensils: Just like my notebooks, all my pens are running out of ink as well. I recently grabbed a new pack for the rest of this semester, and next semester. I’m also a big fan of highlighting major topics in my notes. I have to remind myself not to go too highlighter-heavy because sometimes I end up with an entire page of bright pink.
  3. Index cards: I love using index cards for learning key terms and ideas. If you don’t want to buy a pack of them, I have a solution for you. In the past I have made index cards by cutting up plain paper into rectangles. One sheet of paper can typically give you six cards! If you want your topics to be categorized by color, you could even make them out of construction paper.
  4. Printer: Each semester, University of Massachusetts students get $5 worth of printing money put on their UCards. I like to study by printing out my notes and highlighting them. I usually go to the basement of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library or the 3rd floor of the ILC, in the Communications Hub, to print.
  5. Gloves, hats, and a winter coat: The weather got cold fast, and it feels like the wind keeps getting stronger. I quickly realized I didn’t have any of my winter accessories. Over break I’m making sure to pack and bring back my warmest hat and gloves. There’s nothing comfortable about freezing on your walk to class.
  6. Snacks: When I’m in the library studying for hours the last thing I want is to notice I forgot to pack my favorite snack, Sun Chips. Thankfully the main floor of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library has the Procrastination Station, so if I really get hungry I can grab a bite there. My go-to order is a Veggie Croissant and a Salted Caramel Latte. Plus, it’s open 24 hours Monday through Thursday!


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