It’s time to face the inevitable. The days of basking in the sun, vacationing at the beach or simply hanging out with friends are limited. Between working and going bar hopping this summer, most of us have forgotten that August is at our doorstep. The semester following summer vacation is the one we dread the most, for it sadly means that late nights of studying, running on zero food, caffeine, no money and the worst losing our sleep (sanity) is soon to become our reality. However, one semester down is a step closer to graduation, so before you lose your mind, check out a few pointers we could all take note of to help us get into the groove of the fall semester!
Print Out the Syllabi: Though teachers ditched the tradition of passing these out on the first day, luckily most are found online. This is your key to a successful semester!
Buy a Planner: After printing out the syllabi, grab yourself a planner and start jotting those days down. I know for most working students, it becomes a difficult task to stay on top of important dates. Having a planner, you see every morning with important due dates and test days highlighted makes a world of a difference.
Make Friends in Class: As unimportant as it may sound, having a friend or two in class becomes very helpful. If you happen to have a sick day or need a study buddy, these friends can help you get through it. Teachers don’t always reply when we need them to at that very moment. But having a classmate who can tell you “Don’t forget the online quiz is due tonight” will become your biggest blessing in disguise.
Prioritize: Time is limited within our day. Not only are we required to attend other responsibilities such as work, internships, and relationships but we are expected to juggle these things without hesitation. Remember these struggles are only temporary but the outcome is long term so choose how to spend your time wisely.
Dress for Success: Play the part, this does not mean look impeccable every day for class. However, when students are more comfortable with how they are dressed then they tend to feel more put together. Therefore dress the part.
Most importantly don’t be hard on yourself, we aren’t the only ones going through this struggle we call college. Often times we tend to forget that and lose sight of the bigger picture. Reward yourself for the small and big achievements and enjoy this time you’ll once be wishing you had back.