Guide to Buying Books for College

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The start of the semester is right around the corner. First come syllabi, then come…books. We all have been those freshmen that just bought every “required” book before classes started, just to be ahead of the game…but where did that get us other than broke? The worst part about this is going to the bookstore to return a $500 book only to get $2 in return! AS IF! If this description sounds like you, worry no more because ing has your back! Check out our quick checklist to figure out when you should ditch the books and when you actually need to buy them:

#1 Is your major science-related?


  • If so, the answer is YES. Buy all the books. We don’t need any more bad doctors in this world; it’s not a good look.


#2 Are there multiple readings out of the book assigned that you can’t get anywhere else online?


  • If not, chances are you may be stuck buying the book.


#3 Are you taking a prerequisite?


  • If so, don’t buy the book. Find it online or in the library, trust me you’ll be fine!


#4 Is your major math-related?


  • If so, just go ahead and buy the oldest edition, or don’t buy the book at all. It will be cheaper and honestly, just going to class should be enough to do well on the exams.


#5 Is the book more than $400?


  • If so, drop the class. You are already paying thousands of dollars to go here, why go broke over a book that you won’t use in your class?


It’s OK to be an overachiever, but don’t be the kid that spends their rent money on books that won’t matter after you’ve changed your major a million times. College is a business and it is important to remember that. Think smarter and save as much as you can, because when Sallie Mae calls, you can only decline for so long!


Treandra Thomas is a senior majoring in professional writing. Treandra’s imagination has always been huge, and she explores that through writing in her free time. She is shamelessly obsessed with reality television shows and also cooking. You can follow her on Instagram @treandras_world.

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