5 Tips for Back-to-School Survival

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Believe it or not, but summer’s already coming to an end! And the end of summer means one thing – the back-to-school season is upon us! It can be a bit overwhelming preparing for a new semester with getting your new schedule set, packing up all of your belongings, and settling into a new place (if you’re living on campus). Here are my best tips for back-to-school survival to help you prepare for the semester/new school year ahead!

Back-to-school season is upon us! Check out these 5 tips for back-to-school survival!

Invest in a Good Bag

Tote bags have been life savers for me throughout my college (undergrad and grad) life! You want a bag that’s sturdy enough to hold all of your notebooks, textbooks, and other daily essentials when on-the-go. From my experience, a waterproof bag or canvas tote will certainly do the trick!

Pick Up a Printer

Whether you’re living on campus or at home, a printer is a must-have! I can’t tell you how many times having one has saved me, especially when it comes to the last minute scramble of finalizing an assignment right before it needs to be submitted.

The brand new HP Deskjet 3752 is the world’s smallest all-in-one printer that allows you to save space and fit your budget needs! My favorite feature? The ability to quickly print right from your mobile device or computer without having to plug extra cords in. You’re also able to easily recycle your HP ink cartridges at no charge via the HP Planet Partners program.


It can be tough to find a printer that does everything you want AND fit within your price range. But this affordable all-in-one does it all – wireless printing, scanning, and copying! For your convenience, you can pick up the HP Deskjet 3752 in the printer aisle (near electronics) at your local Walmart or even order online at Walmart.com for in-store pick-up or have it delivered straight to your door.


Do a Test Run on Campus

I can’t stress this one enough! Nothing’s more embarrassing than walking into the wrong classroom on the first day or showing up super late because you didn’t plan for traffic, parking, etc. Each semester without fail, taking a little extra time to do this saved me big time!

Set a Study Schedule

This is definitely subject to change, but choosing a set timeframe each week to study will really help out! Even something as simple as penciling in an hour a couple nights a week will make quite the difference.

Get Organized

Being organized is SO important. At the start of each semester, I like to print the class syllabus and review before the first day (even though the professor usually goes over it in class as well). It’s always handy to have a printed copy to grab and refer to if you’re unsure of deadlines as well. My favorite way to organize? Color-coding things! Planners and printable calendars are the best for staying on top of deadlines and important dates in your life! Fortunately, the HP Deskjet 3752 is quick to print so you can mark those important dates and post them on your wall!


What are your tips for gearing up for a new semester and surviving back-to-school? If you’re preparing for a new semester yourself, good luck!

  • Wendie Schneider

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Candy Kage

    I have went through two printers will check this one out.

    • This is a great affordable option for all of the basic copy, scan, print features!

  • These are great tips. You’re right, nothing is more embarrassing then walking into the wrong class on your first day. I always feel so bad for those people.

    • I did it my freshman year and it was the worst! I was so tempted to just sit through the class to avoid embarrassment but I ended up getting up and leaving, haha.

  • Theresa

    These are great tips! I have to admit though that in my final semester, I used the free printing at the school library so much! I did test prints of all my essays, edited on the paper, re-printed, edited, and printed again. Using their ink saved me a lot!

    • Thanks, Theresa! Bulk printing in the library is the best! Having a printer in my dorm for last minute prints was priceless though!

  • Great tips! Even though it’s just my kids starting school, they still need a great bag, and also a schedule is a must. We also need a new printer. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Rachel Ritlop

    I am not going back to school but I need a new printer!!! This was just the kick in the butt I needed!

    • Printers really come in handy! This is a great option that’s also not too pricey!

  • Mar

    Even though it has been unbearably hot at times, I don’t want summer to end! I am also in need of a new printer. Love the affordable options at Walmart!

    • The prices at Walmart are always the best! I’m ready for the cooler temps – the end of the year is my favorite :)

  • Lauren Jane

    I love this-I have to share it with my sisters, they both head to school this year! Every one of us my grandparents invested in a super nice and expensive travel package of lugga…and I love that you mention that!

    I was te only person on my floor with a printer back in the day and I had people pay me to use it :o. We need a new one at home, so I’ll add this to our list

    • Thank you! Since printers are becoming more compact and easy to bring in, I think they’re becoming more popular on campus, but you’re so right. A lot of people used mine too. It really came in handy!

  • Kristen

    I totally did a dry run before my first day of college. I drove to campus, parked, and found all of my classes the week before bc I didn’t want to get lost! Great tips!

    • Thanks, Kristen! Dry runs saved me quite a bit too!

  • I need a printer soooo badly. I keep putting it off. Bleck.

    • Order one online! You won’t even have to venture into the store :)

  • Molly

    Great post! I’m about to head back to school soon too. Love your idea of do a practice run across campus. I hate when I can’t find my classroom on the first day!

    • Thanks, Molly! I hate that too. It’s a mad dash around the building and slight sense of panic to not be that awkward one to walk in after the professor starts talking, haha. Good luck with your school year!

  • I REALLLLLY need a printer! I haven’t had one in several years and there are so many cool blogging worksheets I want to print!

    • This is a great option that doesn’t take up too much space! There really are so many great blogging worksheets out there – I’ve printed so many with mine :)

  • I actually have that exact printer and it works great! Good luck with back to school!

    • Glad to hear it! I love how compact it is, such a great space saver!

  • Neely

    Getting organized is key! Sometimes I really miss school!

    • Agreed! I never thought I’d find myself going back, but here I am :) haha

  • I think organisation is key, having a printer is really important. Really great tips.

    Debs x

  • Great tips! I have printed calendars all over lol!

    • They help so much with staying organized and on top of deadlines!

  • Really great tips and post! This would have been super helpful to me as well in school!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    I love that printer. I have an old HP, so that pretty white one is soooo nice. :)

    • Thanks, Jessica! Maybe it’s time for a printer upgrade? :)

  • I’m in grad school too but I do everything online so it’s a little different since I’m basically teaching myself but boy do I use my printer like no other.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • That’s great! A few of my grad classes have been online which is wonderful. I’ve printed things left and right as well. So handy!

  • Thanks for the tips. I’ll definetly be doing a test run on my first day on campus. Thanks!


  • Carrie R

    This are all great tips! I am way past my college days, but my son will be starting college next fall so I am definitely saving these tips for then. :)

  • All great tips!! I remember before I started college I did a visit there to map out all my classes ahead of time. I had one class on one side of campus and only had 10 minutes to get to the other side of campus. Also yes to having a printer! That’s key!

    • I remember those days well too. Not much time to socialize with people in passing – especially if the first class ran over, haha.

  • Oooooohhhh…that printer…I WANT. It seems so handy!

    Emma | http://www.creativexplorations.com

  • Kari Jonard

    It’s been a while since I was in school but I remember I had a printer but I hardly ever used it for school. I just downloaded the materials to the computer and used Microsoft OneNote for all of my notes for the class. Amazing what computers can do.

    • That’s really handy! I handwrote everything in undergrad (computer was too distracting for me with Facebook) but for grad school I’ve been doing a combo. It’s much easier to find what you’re looking for with the search function!

  • I keep seeing all these back to school things lately and it makes me really miss college!! I feel like I would be so much more organized if I went back now lol

    • It’s funny how age does that :) I’m much more focused now that it’s been a few years since undergrad and I’m taking grad classes!

  • Having the right printer can really improve your organization skills. We print so many documents throughout the year, including worksheets to pass the time.

    • That’s so true! It’s really helpful to have hard copies of things!

  • Alexis Prieto

    Organization is key! And I think a great printer always helps!

  • Love the HP printer – such a necessity to have as a blogger, too!

    • It really is! Having a hard copy to write notes on is the best!

  • Organization is so important, especially a planner. It definitely helped me stay on top of things in grad school.

    • Totally agree, Jennifer! I’ve been using digital calendars in grad school, but I think I need to revert to using a physical planner as well!

  • Lily

    Aww how cute!!! Definitely missing back-to-school season during this time of year! : )

    • I always loved it – especially for the new school supplies, haha!

  • Oh no! It’s pretty intimidating. My freshman year we did a dry run of the buildings and not the classroom and I found myself in the wrong place. Yikes!