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Textbook Stress

It is inevitable that you will have to buy textbooks at the beginning of each semester of every single semester of your entire college career.

In high school, it was so easy. My teachers handed out the required books and textbooks and workbooks at the beginning of each school year, and at the end of the year, we turned them in. No fees, no transactions, no ridiculous price tags that made people want to cry. The biggest responsibility was not forgetting the textbooks at home when we went to school.

In college, we get a list of required textbooks and workbooks and supplies for each class at the beginning of the semester, and it’s up to us to figure out how to get them. The whole thing is just stressful. Do you want the book in paperback? Hardcover? Maybe you don’t want a physical book at all and want the ebook instead? Do you want to buy the textbook? Are you ever going to read another word of it after the class is over? Or maybe you’d rather rent it? But then you can’t forget to save the box and return it on time. Would you prefer to rent the ebook? It’ll expire on its own and you don’t have to worry about rental due dates.

And talk about the textbook prices! The three-digit prices of some of the textbooks I’ve purchased make my eyes roll back and my jaw drop. But what can you do? You’ve decided to invest in an education and a future path in some career, and these textbooks are a part of that investment. That makes every page of each textbook seem a little more valuable, no?

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