Maybe this is a little weird, but the prospect of heading back to class is really exciting to me. The structure of my days will change, and there’ll be more time to use the way I want. I’ll be able to see friends who have been on co-op terms in other cities – and best of all, it’s a chance to get a fresh start academically and improve in the areas that need some attention.
I’m not the only student on the Binder Team. In fact, about half of us are students, either working part-time or as part of a co-op/internship program. There are lots of discussions about heading back onto campus, and how Binder fits in with our back-to-school plans. It’s these discussions that brought about the conversation of what we like and dislike at back-to-school time.
There’s no doubt that late summer is a hectic time. Students are moving into new living spaces, scheduling their classes, stocking up fridges, and buying a whole bunch of stuff to get prepared for the upcoming term. One of the most common complaints from us on the Binder Team is that of buying books. Of course they’re necessary, but waiting in line to get into the bookstore can sometimes take hours – and then there’s a whole bunch of waiting again at the checkout. From these discussions, we started building a bunch of cool new stuff for Binder. Everything new can be found at Discover Binder.com, but here are some of the things we can’t wait to show you:
- Buy or Rent from a large collection of digital textbooks and study guides. Students in the US get an exclusive, first-look opportunity to shop for course materials on Binder. Publishers are still filling our shelves, but we already have thousands of titles available.
- Win a $250 Binder gift card! If you live in the US and you have a Binder account, you could win a $250 Binder gift card that can be used until February 28, 2014. You can skip the bookstore line, and your backpack won’t feel so full – only your wallet will.
If you’re not sure how to feel about heading back to school, don’t worry. There are some great things about stepping back onto campus, but it can definitely be an overwhelming experience. Being conflicted doesn’t have to mean being stressed out, though – we built Binder to make life easy for students, and the new ability to rent or purchase course material on Binder is just our way of saying “we’re still looking out for you.” And there’s still a lot more to come.
-Mitchell & the Binder Team