Back-to-School Countdown: Only 3 weeks to go. Do these 4 things now.

Monday, July 27, 2020 Back-to-School Countdown: Only 3 weeks to go. Do these 4 things now.

Bikes in racks on campus

Only three weeks remain until the fall semester begins on August 17, 2020.   Here are the things you should be doing this week so you are ready for a strong start to the academic year.

1. Set up your Handshake account with Career Services to look for a campus job or to prep for the fall career fair.

Many departments use the online portal for students to quickly apply for jobs and upload their résumé and application materials. Additionally, Handshake is the spot for you to apply for professional career jobs and it will be the spot for the University Virtual Fall Career Fair September 22-25, 2020.

2. Visit HuskerTech to make sure you’re up-to-date on your computer software and hardware.

Check out their handy online list of the laptop, software, and tablet requirements for select majors and colleges to make sure you know what you may need to start the semester.  Software can only be ordered online, yet you can shop for other items in person at the on-campus computer shop in the lower-level of the Nebraska Union or arrange for curbside pick-up.  Currently open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

3. Sign up for mail forwarding at your local post office or online.

This is quick and easy task to check off the list before you move to campus or elsewhere in Lincoln. It only takes a few minutes and will prevent important letters and bills from being delayed in arriving to you. Here’s a step-by-step guide to signing up.

4. Get your bicycle in good working order with a tune-up.

If you plan to use your bike to quickly travel between classes, around downtown, or between city and east campuses, make sure you keep it in good working order. Contact your local bike shop to schedule a tune-up to check the gears, brakes, chains, wheels, and more. If you’re already in Lincoln, the UNL Outdoor Adventures Center’s Bike Shop is open at 14th and W Streets and can perform the tune-ups and repairs you may need.

If you left a bicycle in a campus bike rack when the university closed in March, you can still claim it. More than 100 bikes were removed from racks and placed in secure storage for owners to reclaim when they return to campus. Read more here about how you can reconnect with your bike. 

Want more back-to-school tips to help prepare you for the fall semester?  Check out these five tips from the previous issue of Next@Nebraska.


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