Commonly Overlooked Back-to-School Preps

Don’t find yourself a few weeks into the new school year already up to your neck in assignments and just remembering to make these important adjustments. Take care of them now so you can start the year off right.

Shift your attitude Be ready to start taking charge and doing things for yourself. During the summer, we tend to deflect blame for many things because we just want to relax – the heat, traffic, crowds. But going back to school means it’s time to shift that attitude and start holding ourselves accountable – “going out and getting” whatever it is we want

Find your classes Amid finding books and supplies, it’s not uncommon for students to forget looking up where their actual class locations are until the last minute. Find a campus map and make a note of where your classrooms are – you’ll have a better start and make sure you’re not late.

Get academic calendar Though you might not want to know when finals week is already, you will want to figure out your school’s academic holidays and other calendar quirks. Print out an academic calendar so you can start preparing for important dates like holidays or extra busy weeks.

Decide on an organization method Figure out where you’ll be storing your work and make the necessary preparations so that you can use that method all year. If it’s a three-ring binder, make sure you’ve thought about how you’ll make sure papers get there without being lost and that you have enough supplies. If it’s your computer, figure out how you’ll backup files.

Food Think back to last school year and what you ate during an average week. What would you like to start eating more of? What about less of? Write this down and think of some easy meals you can make on a weekend and enjoy throughout the week so that you’re eating exactly what you want to be all year. It’s one less thing to stress about when it’s time to go back to school.

What are you doing to get back into the swing of things? Tell us on Twitter at @ACISpecBenefits or on facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or YouTube. Also feel free to contact ACI Specialty Benefits at (800) 932-0034, or email



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