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Back to school tips for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors! 8 simple things that make starting the new school year a little bit easier... #ad

As my final year of college rapidly approaches (two weeks until classes start for me!) the time to prepare for a new school year has arrived. Many articles you’ll find all over the internet focus around what to do as you begin your first year of college.. But what about when it’s not your first year?  For upperclassmen (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) preparing for a new school year is a bit different than for first year students.

The excitement of a new school year, a new semester, and new classes are still there… but you’ve become a little more well adjusted to your school and the people you’ve met. Still – there are some things you should do as an upperclassman to prepare for back to school season!

P.S. There’s a giveaway for a $100 Jiffy Lube gift card at the bottom of this post… make sure to enter to win!

1. Update Your Resume

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Chances are that you’ve done some sort of activity lately that you still have to add to your resume. With a new school year about to start it’s important to make sure your resume is up to date – especially as an upperclassman! As the “real world” (post-graduation world) approaches one day at a time, your resume is the summary of why you’re best qualified for your future career field.

Don’t think you have anything to put on a resume? Need ideas on how to beef it up? Check out these 15 Resume Boosters for college students!

2. Get Your Car Serviced

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No matter if you go to a community college in a small city or a large university as a part of a college town, your car is an incredibly important part of your life. From running to get laundry detergent, going on girl’s nights out, getting around a big campus, and to doctor’s appointments and back – having reliable transportation is a must. Keep your car in tip-top shape by taking it in for an oil change or to have your tires rotated at a Jiffy Lube® service center near you and Leave Worry Behind®.

3. Get Organized


If you’ve been around here for a while you know that I love when I find a good organizational system that works. From work, internships, classes, homework, clubs, sports, friends, and more – there’s a lot to keep track of in college! My recommendation? Try out a pretty new planner or go digital and organize your life with an online calendar.

4. Learn a New Recipe


One of my personal goals for the last year has been to learn new recipes. Finding new, healthy, and delicious meals to make is so fun! Looking for some dorm room/small apartment friendly recipes? Check out my Cooking in College Pinterest board!

5. Pack the Unexpected Necessities


As an upperclassman you know all the unexpected necessities that you forgot to pack last year. From earplugs to curtains, don’t be left having to run to the store and make shopping trips on move-in day… that gets exhausting! Instead, make a list of everything you need to pack for your dorm and classes… make sure to include these 15 unexpected necessities!

6. Complete Important Annual Checks

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You may have remembered to get your physical, renew your driver’s license, and pay your insurance.. but is your car up to date on it’s smog check? If you find yourself struggling to find time or a place to go to get your car smog tested, just stop by your nearest Jiffy Lube® service center and let their expert automotive technicians quickly and conveniently take care of your car.

7. Coordinate with Roommates


Communicating with your roommates over the summer isn’t just something for freshmen – it’s just as important to get on the same page about who is bringing what item and what the room rules expectations will be.

8. Find a New Club to JoinYoga

From growing your social circle to boosting your resume, joining new clubs have endless benefits! Just because you’re not a first year student doesn’t mean that you’ve taken advantage of everything your university has to offer. Take a look on your school’s website and make a list of a new club or two to try out this school year. Who knows – you might find the perfect group of people!


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How do you prepare to go back to school, as an upperclassman? 



8 Back to School Tips for Upperclassmen + Giveaway!

12 thoughts on “8 Back to School Tips for Upperclassmen + Giveaway!

  • August 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks! you’re right, no one does back to school tips for upperclassmen. I keep reading things designed for freshmen and of course finding half the things don’t apply to me, but I still want to prepare for the upcoming year

  • August 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Since my daughter will also be using my car i will be teaching her the importance of getting oil changes and checking the fluids in our car.

  • August 18, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    One tip of mine for back to school is to teach my kids that they are responsible to bring their own homework or anything else they need at school.

  • August 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I pack lunches the night before!

  • August 20, 2017 at 9:45 am

    We’re always due for an oil change around now, and I love Jiffy Lube!

  • August 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Setup a budget for yourself and stick to it. Coffees and take out add up.

  • August 25, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Know your course syllabus and stay organized.

  • August 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Make sure you get a good feel of your teacher and the syllabus for due dates, ect!

  • August 27, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I just recently bought a new car…its about time to get an oil change!!

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Jiffy Lube is great. Service is always fast

  • August 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Tour the campus and meet the teachers ahead of time to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

  • August 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I always get an oil change, brake check, etc this time of year!


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