And today, I learned that campus book stores are a total rip off. I even went to the independent book seller, who sells mostly used copies of books (because you can sell them back for a fraction of what you paid). People around me paying 4 or 500 dollars....for two classes! My english professor told me that the official university book store just wants to make money, and they they have a list of books that are required by classes. But apparently, it's a list of books they think are required. A few girls in my class were all studious and bought the books on the list, only to find that 1/2 of them are useless for this class. So the best way is to wait for the syllabus.
But this independent book seller just disgusts me, they're trying to take advantage of college students. If they were not right in the campus, they would never get away with charging such astronomical prices.
I bought one book and called it a day, because I am now going to use my brain. Rather than buy all the books at once like every other freshmen (and it seems like it was mostly freshmen waiting in the 1/2 mile long line), I will read my syllabus. If a book is required for an assignment due the next class after the syllabus is received, then I buy it locally. But a lot of these are books you won't use for a month or two, so I will shop around for these very carefully online.