Some Things I Wish I'd Known.

Happy Tuesday! 

I don't know if I'm the only one, but I sometimes get in these moods where I really miss college. You know, the roommates, the football games, the all-nighters, eating last night's pizza for breakfast. No? You don't miss those things?

Sometimes when I'm longing for the "good old days," I try to think of things that I didn't like about the four years I spent wandering around campus, and though it's difficult to find any, one always sticks out in my mind, and that is this - BOOKS. 

Holy balls. I cannot tell you how much money I spent on books in four years. You know what's worse, though?! The fact that it wasn't fun books (you know - the ones we actually like to read, like Harry Potter). No, instead it was books like this one. Or this one. And as much as I love Economics and German, I don't love spending hundreds (and eventually thousands) of dollars on those books.

You know what I wish Nebraska had had oh, so long ago when I was in school? Textbook rentals. They came up with the genius idea my senior year, but I didn't buy into it. I didn't really get the fact that it was so dang easy, convenient, and cost-effective. I definitely didn't realize you could do it online at a site like this one. 

I think if I could tell 18-year-old Alyx one thing, it would be this:

RENT YOUR TEXTBOOKS. Your overflowing bookcase will thank you. Or maybe it won't, because if you had rented your textbooks, your bookcase wouldn't be overflowing with those books you couldn't sell back...
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17 comments:

Madison said...

Ugh, college textbooks! The tech college I went to actually had a program that I qualified for(Trio, I think it was called). They provided me with text books on loan for the semester. That's how I ended up with a lot of the textbooks for my generals. And luckily I didn't got for a degree that had terribly expensive books...

RadiantKristen said...

I am seriously contemplating textbook rental, but I'm a hoarder, and I like to know I can reference outdated textbooks for ever, and ever, and ever. True story.

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Nikkiana said...

I had the double whammy of having to pay for textbooks for both high school AND college. By the time I got to college, I ended up buying a lot of my books for cheap online, but if I could have rented them, I totally would have.

Breenah said...

Hate to break it to you, but they totally had that before your senior year of college. I didn't have to bother with books my first two years (scholarship, woo!) but I used Chegg my third year.

I completely understand the feeling. It tends to happen when too many adult things are stressing me out.

ifs ands Butts said...

I always bought my textbooks on Amazon and then was usually able to sell them back to the college bookstore for equal value, sometimes I even profitted. Pretty awesome

Delightfully Awkward Brittany said...

Textbooks are hands down the BIGGEST ripoff of college. I've paid 400$ for a semester's worth of books and got less than 100$ when I went to sell them back. I am a dork who kept a few (mainly my psychology & anatomy) but there are some I'm *stuck* with and not out of choice.

Georgina Castellucci said...

I miss class a LOT - so much so that I am contemplating taking at least one next fall (or at least online?)

:)

cynthia said...

I barely even used a computer in college but this would have saved me a lot of money back in the 90s. ;)
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Happy Tuesday!

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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I just don't understand why those books are so EXPENSIVE and yet when you go to sell them back you get NOTHING. So gross!

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Kelly said...

We had rented textbooks but the price was not worth it. It was best to just buy it outright - especially since I'm a highlighter fanatic...... :P

Sara Louise said...

Sometimes I really, really miss college, even... writing papers... shock... gasp... horror!
But I DO NOT miss paying buttloads of money for my books!

zalp said...

I'm glad to own most of my textbooks.
I still read or consult them from time to time - even after so many years since my schooldays.

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Evani Gatsby said...

I'm pretty sure I miss college on a daily basis. I always kept the books I read in English but the textbooks I always sold back at the end of the quarter for Christmas/Spring Break/Summer money. Womp wompppp

Jay said...

I always bought my books for the classes, but read hardly any of them, aside from the actual literature ones. My professors all had the annoying habit of making slides of everything that was in the book and doing those for lectures. Some people used this to just read the book and then skip lectures but I just didn't read the books and then attended every lecture. Serious amounts of money down the drain though.