Textbooks for less?

Starting this year, a new law will require colleges to release the ISBNs and book prices for every class as students are registering. The law was part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and will go into effect sometime this summer. For most of us students who need to be careful with textbook prices, this is great news. Often, I get to campus at the start of the new semester with one goal: get to the bookstore to scope out the best used books before anyone else can buy them; however because the bookstore is trying to make money themselves, they often sell these used books at a premium. With more time to look into other options, I cash-strapped students will be able to shop around for the best deals, order the books from far away without worrying about receiving them before class starts, or get hand-me-downs from student in other classes that use the same books. This will be a much more economical way of getting textbooks and I for one am incredibly excited.

Having experienced the luxury of looking at the whole reading list–as well as the syllabus–when registering for my classes at the University of Exeter, I have realized the importance of having this list early for the sake of decision making as well. While class descriptions are nice, knowing exactly what the class will entail (especially for English classes when a listing like “Shakespeare” doesn’t give you enough information) allows for less disappointment come the first day of classes.

Wondering how Kenyon is going to adjust,

A

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Finals take too much time

Tomorrow is the last day of classes and the final push to the end has begun. For biology lab I had a presentation due today and a paper that is due on Monday; for History of the Reformation I have a paper that is due next Wednesday. In my biology lecture class, this coming Monday is our final test for unit 4 AND our final (cumulative) exam. But the worst has to be my U.S. Women class where I have a massive paper and a final exam that are on Friday.

I’ve already turned in the Biology lab and Reformation papers, I suppose that I am ahead of the ball in that respect. I have all of my study materials filled out, flashcards made for my biology and U.S. women finals, but the paper is going to kill me! We got the topic for this paper so much later than the Reformation one and, though the papers are to be about the same length, the U.S. women one feels so much more stressful because of how condensed the timeline has become. I have to finish the research yet and then actually write the 8-15 pages sometime in the next week :/

Needless to say, I won’t be posting again for the next week or so! Have a wonderful time as the school year closes and I’ll be blogging again soon!

Ta for now,

A