5 Essential Ways to Prepare for Fall Semester

by Dom Jones

As summer winds down and there’s less than two weeks until fall semester’s check-in begins, you should be doing more than trying to get in your last few trips to the beach. Here are five essential ways to prepare for the upcoming semester:

5. START PACKING

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You may have the inclination to leave this until the night before you fly back to Boston. Resist the inclination. Starting your packing now will help you avoid any last minute forgetfulness where you leave something that you really need and have to pay extra to ship it later. Dust off that suitcase, it’s almost time to go.

4. BRUSH UP ON WHAT YOU LEARNED LAST SEMESTER

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This is especially important if you’re still taking the core classes. If you just passed MAT, you might want to do a quick review before you head into Harmony 2. If you just squeaked by in Ear Training 3, definitely review those rhythmic and melodic patterns before you jump into ET4. Give your brain a head start re-acclimating itself to topics that you may have taken a strong three month break from.

3. START GOING TO SLEEP AT A DECENT HOUR

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It will be difficult at first, but you’d much rather go through the struggle of getting back on a regimented sleep schedule now than struggle to fall asleep before the first day of classes. I’m not saying that you have be in bed by 9pm every night for the rest of the summer (you probably stay up later than that during the semester), but try to wean yourself off of those 3am Netflix and chill sessions now.

2. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T HAVE ANY LINGERING CHECK-IN RESTRICTIONS

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This will save you so much headache if you can take care of this before you get back to Boston. Do you need some random vaccine or is there a restriction mistake that shouldn’t even be there? You have the time to sit on hold because it’s still summer, so before you spend time running around campus trying to fix a restriction so you don’t lose your schedule, try to take care of it in advance.

1. CATCH UP ON YOUR BERKLEE EMAIL ACCOUNT

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Have you been ignoring your student email account all summer and now you have 200 unread messages? Clear this out now before teachers start emailing assignments and the school starts sending announcements that are pertinent to your life. At least scan the emails to make sure that you’re not missing anything important, but you can mark them all as ‘read’ if you so choose.

THAT’S IT, GROOVERS! SEE YOU THIS FALL!

About the Author

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Dom Jones is a dual major in Music Business and Songwriting, and her work has been published in Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, Blavity and Ebony.com. She released her debut album, Wingspan, in 2014 and her follow up EP, Blackbird in 2016. Find out more about her at iamdomjones.com