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September 30, 2017
5 Tips For A Successful Semester
The semester may just be starting, but you might already find yourself feeling stressed out. Struggling to juggle classes, extracurriculars, jobs, internships, and your social life can be challenging, so we put together some tips to help you relax and focus on making this your best term yet!
Keeping a planner means you’ll never forget a deadline, test, or meeting again. Scheduling weekly study sessions can also help you stay on top of your classes. There are free Internet-based calendars and task managers for those who are more technologically-inclined, too: Google Calendar, ToDoist, MyStudyLife, and Wunderlist are just a few. Pro tip: Go through your syllabi ASAP and plug every important date into whatever planning tool you choose to use.
From peer tutors to career counselors, your college likely has lots of services that you may not have known about when you applied. This includes your professors’ office hours, of which you should definitely take advantage. These resources exist to help you succeed, so you may as well let them!
Do you want to make the Dean’s List? Join one of your college’s clubs? Score a position with your favorite company? Write down your top goals for the term and set aside some time to brainstorm ways to accomplish them. Remember to stay practical, though, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself when it comes to your loftier aspirations. You may not end the semester with straight A+ grades, get an offer for a competitive paid internship, or win a prestigious academic award, and that’s okay! Take one thing at a time and don’t stress.
It’s also helpful to remind yourself that you don’t have to do everything. While this might seem obvious, there’s a lot of pressure on college students to do it all: master every class, have a career-relevant internship and a side job, get involved in numerous extracurriculars, have an active social life, and volunteer. Try to prioritize and dedicate your time to what’s most important to you.
Whether you prefer to treat yourself to fro-yo, take a walk around campus, spend time with your friends, or watch your favorite series on Netflix, it’s important to take a break and unwind each day. Doing something that makes you happy, even just for an hour, can do wonders for your sense of well-being – and at the end of the day, that should come before all else.