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We’ve made the move from summer to fall, and with this month we’ll start to see the first signs of fall, the return of the  Pumpkin Spice Latte (whether you love it or hate it!), and a wake-up call for students, reminding us that Summer Break is long gone, and exams, papers, and projects have arrived to replace it. This might sound like an attempt to remind you of how many things you need to do, but consider it a reality check. If you haven’t been focused on your classes, it’s time to start now! Below are a few things you should be checking off (or planning to!) your to-do list.

Registration: See Your Advisor

Registration for Spring 2018 classes begins on Oct. 30, which means that you’ll need to start planning your classes for next semester, and making sure you know what classes you need. This is where your advisor comes into the picture. They are here to help you make informed choices about your classes, that will benefit you and your degree goals. Even if you think you’re sure about the classes you’ll take, make an appointment with your advisor to see if you’re both on the same page. To make an appointment all you need to do is access your myuncc account, and near the top, click on the logo that says “Connect” (it will be where your email and Canvas logos are). Talking to your advisor will give you the certainty that you’re on the right track to completing your degree, and will ensure that you know exactly what courses you should take.

FAFSA:  Submit It

In case you didn’t hear about it last year, you now have the possibility to complete your FAFSA starting October. This date is a much earlier start date than we were used to, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait! The sooner your application is submitted, the sooner it is off your shoulders. Don’t let procrastination get the best of you when it comes to FAFSA! Waiting until the last few days before the deadline can hurt your chances of receiving many different types of aid, and can definitely put a dent in your pocket. Keep an eye out for the opening period of FAFSA.

Midterms: Keep Track of Them

Don’t forget that midterms are coming up! We are three months into the semester, and if you haven’t put your midterm dates in the calendar, now is the time. Sure, it seems like you have time until midterms arrive, but if you know ahead of time exactly when they’ll be and what to expect, you can organize your studying effectively. It’s also helpful to know if you have more than one exam scheduled on the same day. The goal of keeping track of your midterms is important, so take a look at your syllabi and find out!

Study Abroad: Apply or Start Your Research

During September, many study abroad applications opened, so if you’re interested in a few weeks, a semester, or even a year abroad, take advantage of this time to begin your application process. There is a lot of reading to be done for your study abroad application, as well as researching important information about the country you want to study in, so starting everything now will ensure that you’re not in a rush. If you don’t want to study abroad this year, you can plan your study abroad for the next year. Looking through the various programs the university offers can be a good starting point, so start now in order to be prepared later.

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Career Center: Schedule an Appointment

Remember that using the Career Center’s resources can be a helpful tool for many reasons. If you’ll be graduating soon, you can visit the Career Center for mock job interviews, help with building a strong resume, and tips about work-appropriate clothing. You can talk to a career advisor to get more insight into the type of job that would be a good fit for you. You can also get useful information about current skills that are common in your field of interest, or about internships that may be beneficial to you.

Remember, these are simple things you can check off your to-do list relatively quickly if you start working on them now. Life gets in the way and may make us delay some things, but remember to keep this list handy, so you’re reminded of the items you can check off. Don’t let procrastination get the best of you, and get to work!