Tips for a Great Semester

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Whether this is your first or last semester at Marist, this is a perfect time to learn some new, beneficial habits, or even bring back some old ones. Think of it as a New Semester Resolution, but not like the resolution to go to the gym more often. This one we’ll actually stick to.

1. Being prepared is underrated.

  • Revert back to the elementary school days of cute character backpacks and brown bag lunches, when your Mom had your clothes laid out for you on the edge of your bed. Prepare your things and yourself the night before to spare the running around the next morning.

2. And being early is cool.

  • I’m not advocating that you show up 35 minutes early, just to sit around twiddling your thumbs. But a good 10 to 15 minutes early for a class, meeting, interview, etc. will not only make you look good, it will make you feel better, too.
  • Wake up 15 minutes before you actually need to. Use that extra time to make your bed, or eat a decent breakfast, or even just to sit down and catch up on the latest news (or latest social media, if you so choose!)

3. Find time for yourself. Somewhere, anywhere, in that busy 16 credit schedule.

  • Take an hour to write. If you don’t like writing, read. If you don’t like reading, sing. If you don’t like singing, run. If you don’t like running, watch your favorite television show. Whatever you do, find something that allows you to take a step back from the chaos that is a daily schedule, and relax for just 15 minutes.

4. Cut yourself some slack.

  • So you got a C on your last paper, or you missed a class because you got that nasty head cold. Maybe you haven’t been to the gym all week. From one student to another.. It’s going to be okay. You are not perfect, and all the people around you aren’t either. Sometimes we have to take ourselves a little less seriously, right?

5. Make a Schedule.

  • Whether that means jotting it down on a lime green post-it note the night before, or even just rattling it off in your head, have a tentative schedule that guides you through the day somewhat effortlessly. You might be amazed at how much you can get done when you have an idea of how many hours are actually in a day.

6. And finally… take it all in.

  • You’ve heard all the epigrams before: You’ll never be as young as you are right now. Live in the moment. Cest la vie. Carpe diem. In modern-day, realistic terms, just be sure to take a few breaths every once and a while, and remember these are not THE best, but SOME of the best years of your life. So make sure you enjoy them.

If you have some tips that have worked for you, or you think will work well for others, leave them in the comments below. In the end, we’re all in this together.

2 thoughts on “Tips for a Great Semester

  1. The ‘Tips’ also apply to the work environment as well; albeit, some work will encounter pre-determined schedules levied upon them (i.e. Microsoft Project). It will help to prepare now to make the transition from student life into the work environment more easy.

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