Orientation Week - Or Panic Week
So O Week - Freshers Week, Rush etc - is over and classes start tomorrow.
Reflecting on the past two months, I have spent way too many hours online. I wonder if others have walked as many circles as I have?
Textbooks. In total I reckon have spent 30 hours. Seeking second hand ones, comparing prices of new ones and trying to gain the system by using the library options (borrow, download, read online). However several new editions have been released and thus some of my cheapie-get-ahead-of-the-crowd books purchased in October last year are now out of date.
Buying - can buy in a variety of places but seems that the uni textbook store is every student's go to..quite a few are in a panic because the bookstore has sold out. Suckers. When I bought mine and there were loads left so I'm going to assume some people left it REALLY late.
Libraries - libraries haven't processed the new editions. When will lecturers learn that it takes libraries some time to process new books.
Download - sometimes you can get the whole book, apparently, I haven't seen any evidence of this but such a button exists on entries. However, you can get some chapters BUT the download system was arcane=I struggled with it for about 5 hours one day. I tried again last week--now it's much easier. Why it should've changed over the holidays I have no idea, but it pisses me off and seems particularly personal. Patience - not a trait I possess - is key.
Read online - that seems to be straightforward but I cannot sit for hours reading online.
And that's just the start.