Tips for an Awesome Spring Semester

Well, school is back in session for us all. It is so hard to get back into the swing of things after two or three weeks of freedom from classes, homework, and chaos. But, never fear, because I’m here to provide you with ten tips to give you new life this semester.

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1. Make a schedule. For me, having a planner saves my life. There’s no way I would remember everything I need to do or everywhere I need to be without writing it down or putting it in my phone.

2. Join a new club. By spring semester, even though you have new classes, everything can start to seem monotonous and boring. Find something you’re interested in and join in on campus festivities! You’ll meet new people and add some excitement to your life.

3. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, drink water, and try not to buy too much fast food. You’ll feel better and have more energy to get things done.

4. Grab opportunities. It’s time to start planning what you’re going to do this summer, so if you see an internship or camp job you’re interested in, try applying for it. You don’t want to wait until the last minute.

5. Set goals. It’s a new year, a new semester, and a new start. Just remember to make your goals SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Make a checklist of things you can do each week to bring you closer to your goals.

6. Evaluate the past. Consider what, if anything, set you back during the fall (not going to class, procrastinating homework, staying up too late) and correct those mistakes.

7. Give yourself time to have fun. Get all your homework done before Friday night or even if you don’t, let yourself take a break to go hang out with some friends. Or get things done by 8 on weeknights to do the same thing, or even just watch Netflix.

8. Get dressed up. As college students with early classes, it’s easy to wake up, throw on sweatpants, and run out the door. On test days, try getting a little more ready. It will help you feel more confident and really ace that test. 

9. Take an outdoor class. With the weather warming up soon, it can help break up the blandness of classes to take one that will get you outside. SUU offers classes like snowboarding, horsemanship, and scuba diving, to name a few.

10. Make a plan for spring break. One thing you don’t want to miss out on in college is an incredible spring break trip. With California, Las Vegas, and so many national and state parks close by, there are tons of sweet places to go. Start planning now because that week will sneak up on you! 

Here’s to hoping for an AWESOME spring semester!

3 weeks remaining!

I can’t believe the semester is almost coming to an end. We have three weeks left of school at SUU before Christmas break. Then, just like that, classes will be starting up again and another semester will be underway. Thanksgiving Break also starts …. well, as soon as class ends today, which is very exciting.

Sometimes it is hard to focus when there is such little time left, so I thought I’d give four suggestions for what I do when the end of the semester rolls around:

1. Don’t get stuck in a rut. In other words, don’t just focus on the count down (although that is probably hypocritical of the first paragraph). If you focus on getting each project done, making sure to complete assignments on time, you’ll get through the last few weeks.

2. Take time to have fun. Yes, studying for finals is important. Yes, those final projects are sometimes a pain and lack of motivation may be running high. But, work hard. Don’t give your worst at the end of the semester. Instead, work hard, but also take breaks while studying. Go grab some frozen yogurt at Krave or a white hot chocolate from The Grind.

3. Make time to exercise. Whenever I get really stressed and unmotivated, I  realize there usually has been a lack of exercise. So, dust off your gym shoes, rent some rock climbing equipment for the indoor rock wall, or find some friends who can (or can’t) play racquetball.

4. Get enough sleep. This one can be quite difficult for college students, but I have found that I can focus more, I am happier, and I feel less stressed when I get enough sleep at night.

Do you have any tips to share?