There’s something exciting about your classes’ textbook lists being posted online. You’re no longer blind to what you’ll be learning this semester (if “American Literature to 1914” is not descriptive enough for you). You flip through the summaries of each textbook, happy that you’ll be learning about something you’re genuinely interested in (if you like your major, of course).
However, after adding all of your textbooks to your online cart—your heart stops. Your eyes are widened and you’re trying not to fall out of your chair. All of that initial excitement is gone. $500+ for textbooks you’ll open maybe once? Or you might not even use them at all!
I’m sorry, professor, but how is a book on global issues that was published in 2003 going to help me in my field?!
Like the stages of grief, there are certain feelings that overwhelm you after hitting the “place order” button on Amazon, Chegg, or your college’s bookstore. Happiness is fleeting—bring in the bad vibes.
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