Textbook tricks to prevent money and time – The GW Hatchet

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The price of textbooks listed on curricula can be eye-catching, but there are many strategies you can use to lower your book costs.

A couple of things to expect if this is your first year on campus – you’ll have many long nights, find yourself at a few questionable parties, and feel the load of overpriced textbooks.

Students spend money on books they would never read on their own, only to leave useless books that they have to mortgage to someone else at the end of the semester. But not every textbook is necessary, and students often spend too much on the textbooks they buy.

If you find yourself overwhelmed the first time you buy textbooks, keep these tips in mind:

Do you even need your books?
If you’ve ever been assigned a $ 100 textbook that you haven’t touched in a full semester, you’re not alone.

If you see an expensive textbook on your reading list, check the curriculum for assigned readings from the book. If the textbook is not assigned reading, it is likely intended as a learning resource. In this case, online learning resources are like Khan Academy often work just as well. Or ask a friend who has attended the course. Chances are, the textbook will be a useful resource even if it is not intended for reading.

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If you need a book, you may not need to buy a physical copy – Gutenberg project is a website that allows you to download eBook versions of books with expired copyright that were published more than 95 years ago. Or search online “[Textbook Name] pdf ”and with a bit of luck you will find an uploaded version of the book.

Having a library card isn’t hard to have fun
You may know your local library as the home of maids who silence their customers and books tainted with what you hope is ketchup, but if you’re looking to save money on books, libraries are a great one Resource.

Look at that DC Public Library for all the novels and popular non-fiction books that you have on your curriculum. Get a library card for free and gain access to the thousands of books the DCPL has to offer. the West End neighborhood library Location is within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom Campus, and for you Vernies that Palisades The location is only a 10 minute walk away. Note that you can only borrow a book for three weeks at a time, but you can extend most books for an additional three weeks if necessary. If you can’t find a book you want in your local library, try the retention system and you will get the book in a few days.

If you want to read on the go, stop by Libby, an app that allows you to download books from DCPL to your iPad or iPhone.

If you need an academic textbook, try the GW library Top textbooks Program. This means you only have three hours with a textbook before you have to return it, but you don’t have to pay a dime. Many students use this as a resource to complete assigned assignments or question sets in textbooks without having to purchase the book. The only downside is that the most popular textbooks can be in high demand. So do not rely on this method during the final or mid-term exams.

You can also try making your own de facto library with friends. If you and a few other people need the same book for a class, buy a copy or sign up online and split the price between yourself. You probably don’t need your biology textbook around the clock anyway.

Buy used and save
We all know used books are cheaper than new ones, but even GW Bookstore’s used books can get steep. Instead, try online sources like AbeBooks and Thrift bookswhere you can often find your textbooks for less than a third of the original price.

This means you need to plan a little in advance as shipping from these websites can take about a week or more. But the GW bookstore publishes lists of required books for each class before the semester starts so you don’t have to wait for a curriculum to buy books. Often at the beginning of the semester, professors give a week or so before you need your books, but after that you can get along quickly without them. If you take some time to think ahead, you can save quite a bit of money.

LeBlanc’s type of management ought to depart with him – The GW Hatchet

This morning the GW community received news it asked for it but did not expect it: University President Thomas LeBlanc calls it finished. LeBlanc, who has come under fire from faculty and students alike during his tumultuous tenure, announced in an email to students that he will be retiring at the end of the next academic year.

As students, faculty, and GW Twitter celebrate, it’s worth taking stock not only of what brought us to this point, but also of what should happen next. LeBlanc’s upcoming retirement is undoubtedly good news for students and the university community at large, but the yawning divide he has created between administrators and students is not going to go away anytime soon. To prevent the next university president from becoming LeBlanc 2.0, the board of trustees needs to bring students and faculty to the table to find a replacement who is genuinely receptive to the GW community.

The end of LeBlanc’s term in office has been a long time coming. Over the years dozens of student organizations have required his resignation. Have students, faculties, and staff protested in front of his house. Have petitions labeling him a threat to GW’s values collected Hundreds of signatures. The ax editor asked him to step aside twice above two separate volumes.

The most recent evidence that LeBlanc had lost the university’s faith was a survey the faculty at GW, which showed a miserable confidence in LeBlanc’s leadership. His decision to retire comes just weeks after the university and survey results were announced Furthermore.

The mutiny of the GW community against LeBlanc, which had lasted for years, was justified again and again. LeBlanc has apparently taken every opportunity to ignore or belittle the university’s culture and the students who are its lifeblood. From the beginning of his term in office, he set off ruthlessly advance GW’s STEM program at the expense of the humanities. These efforts, dubbed the 20/30 plan, would also have increased the barriers for lower-income students and dealt a severe blow to diversity on campus. Neither the student body nor the faculty wanted this plan – and it took the COVID-19 pandemic that brought GW’s finances to its knees to make it a reality stop.

LeBlanc has also consistently gotten fed up with student activism – which is what any official or anecdote is claiming account, one of the trademarks of the GW student body. The entire campus burst into a justified rage when asked if the university would comply with student demands to divest fossil fuels, compared the effort to “shoot all black people here”. Not only did he show the depth of his apathy towards the way the students he represents actually think and feel, but he managed to make just one more addition to the range of injustices that GW color students endure had to. Overall, it is clear that LeBlanc GW never understood, and apparently did not care enough to try.

When the Board of Trustees begins looking for a replacement, it must ensure that the next President is the Anti-LeBlanc in all respects. Whoever comes next should invest in healing the ever-controversial relationship between administration and students. The next president should commit to building on GW’s long-established academic culture rather than being more interested in “building new areas of excellence,” as Trustee Chair Grace Speights emailed shortly after LeBlanc’s message wrote. The position is not and should not be treated as a vanity project that promotes the president’s personal interests over those of the community they serve, as we have seen with LeBlanc’s relentless interests to press Making GW a STEM oriented school or his decision to rent one killed of his old colleagues at the University of Miami. Instead there must be presidents accessible Address student and faculty concerns and focus on topics that the community believes are most important.

If the Board of Trustees is actually looking for an Anti-LeBlanc replacement, it makes sense to look for a racially diverse group of female candidates. However, identity in and of itself should not be viewed as a quick and easy fix. GW deserves a president who represents both the demographics of the student body and one who adequately cares for the marginalized communities at GW. Hire more diverse Group of faculty and administrators and listen To care of students Color are just two ways to measure a president’s commitment to creating a more equitable and equitable campus environment.

The hiring process should be both transparent and take into account numerous student contributions. In an employee editorial last September, we wrote called civil servants to do just that, whether by giving a student leader a chance to vote on the board or by giving faculty a say in administrative research. The Board of Trustees might also consider setting up focus groups for students to discuss the qualities they would like to see in the next president and the direction GW should take to involve various voices in the search process for a new president.

Students cannot afford to spend their four years at GW to criticize the senior executive for failing to do the job it was hired to do. The next president must be everything LeBlanc wasn’t – respecting the desires of the student body, investing in and appreciating the long-established academic and social culture at this school, and committed to raising students from historically marginalized communities. LeBlanc may be on his way to the door, but it’s up to the students and faculty to insist that his hideous leadership style go with him.

The editorial team consists of Hatchet employees and works separately from the newsroom. This week’s staff editorial was written by opinion editor Andrew Sugrue and contributing opinion editor Shreeya Aranake, based on discussions with arts editor Anna Boone, contributing sports editor Nuria Diaz, design editor Grace Miller, editor Jaden DiMauro, and assistant editor Karina Ochoa Berkley.