Back-to-School Inspiration

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Whether you’re looking to get excited about the upcoming semester or if you’re in need of some motivation a few months down the road… I present to you my Master Post of Back-to-School Inspiration!

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The Secret History Donna Tartt
Old School Tobias Wolff
Final Club Geoffrey Wolff
The Starboard Sea Amber Dermont
A Good School Richard Yates
The Last Enchantments Charles Finch
I Am Charlotte Simmons Tom Wolfe
A Separate Peace John Knowles
Prep Curtis Sittenfeld
Commencement J. Courtney Sullivan
Love Story Erich Segal
The Class Erich Segal
The Group Mary McCarthy
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl
Early Decision Lacy Crawford
The New Girls Beth Gutcheon
Anything by Louis Auchincloss


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Give Me a Campus
Let’s Go to Georgetown!
Campus Crush
Walking Around Campus in Winter
Let’s Get Preppy
Let’s Get Preppier
Prep Hard, Prep Often
Study Mix of Champions
Harvard Yard
Fall Semester
MCAT Study Block
Harry Potter Soundtrack
Improvement of the Mind
Queen Bee
Future Doctor Mix
Death Indolence Beauty Time
Oxford Shoes
I’m Not Spoilt
Ivy League Mix
Prep School Problems
Over Caffeinated, Under Rested
Good Morning, Upper East Siders
Miles Davis

When in doubt…

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Dead Poets’ Society
The Paper Chase
St. Elmo’s Fire
Legally Blonde
The Social Network
Damsels in Distress
Cruel Intentions
Good Will Hunting
With Honors
Love Story
Mona Lisa Smile
The History Boys

*A note on the exclusion of Animal House: I wanted to recommend movies that would inspire academic excellence. But by all means, watch Animal House. It’s great.

Gilmore Girls
Gossip Girl (early seasons)


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Harvard Writing Center
Cornell Notes
The Loci Method
Learning Strategies
Dartmouth Study Tips
Khan Academy
Crash Course
Group Project Tips
Cornell Study Resources
37 Ways to Make Your Dorm Feel Like Home
Create a Semester Spreadsheet
Daily Schedules of Brilliant People
Create a Dorm Layout
Senior Year Networking
Organizing Folders

Have a happy semester, everyone!


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