First in Line
Now that you know how to find college books by course number, how to pick the right edition, you might think that you plan on being first in line at the bookstore, right?
Whoa there, eager mcbeaver. You might think that heading to the bookstore the very first day of class is a great idea and you would probably be right if the other thirty-five thousand freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors weren't thinking the same thing. Question - have you ever been to a college bookstore on the first day of classes? Your answer to this should be no (unless you have older siblings or friends that you went with).
Then how about this - have you ever been to the opening night of brand new movie? Or when a new book in a series comes out? Or the new Apple product? If you've said yes to any of these, take that image and multiple it by thirty-five thousand.
That is a college bookstore on the first day of class.
Your idea of being first in line is also the idea of those other eager freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. So how will you get your books if everyone has the same idea? Well, the answer to that can be three fold - earlier, online, or later.
Getting your books earlier means hitting the bookstore a few days or even a week before the first day of classes. Head to the store right around opening (most open at 6am). If you're groaning about the time, then so is everyone else, so the advantage is yours if you're up early. One huge advantage of this strategy is that you'll be able to preview the materials before the course starts and you'll be better prepared for any introductory material the professor presents you with on the first day of class.
As technology grows, many of the books on your list might be for sale online, either through the school itself, the publisher, Amazon, or even eBay. If you're able to get your schedule and that of your books weeks or months before the first day, hit online to see if you can score some or even of your books.
Getting your books later is a well known trick of those that been in school longer. They were freshman once and they remember, that's why they wait until the second day, week, or even second month of the second year. This works because you aren't hassling through crowds and you're not waiting in long lines. Don't wait too long though - you'll need to be to do assignments and projects before their due date.
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