At the start of a new semester, I always like to sit down and figure out what worked and what didn’t work in the last semester. After a really tough semester last spring, I’ve come up with a few ways I’d like to do better this fall! Here’s my list:
- Talk to professors
I’m sure you’re nodding your head, because you’ve heard this one before. But seriously, do it. Getting to know people who study things you’re interested in is beyond rewarding.
I’ve found that the semesters that I’ve exercised regularly have been my most successful semesters. In addition to my cheerleading practices, I try to go to the gym at least three times a week. When you feel good, you work more efficiently, and I’ve certainly found that to be true.
- Write everything down
I usually do well with this at the beginning of the semester, but after midterms I lose steam. Writing down all of the important deadlines in a planner helps you stay organized and on top of your assignments. It also lets you visually see where your time needs to be focused.
- Plan ahead, and don’t procrastinate
I’m a great planner, but I do procrastinate quite a bit. Setting small goals that lead up to the bigger goals will help me get everything done. For example, if I write 4 pages a day of my senior thesis, I’ll have a whole chapter in about 8 days!
- Eat well and hydrate
Maintaining a healthy diet is important to me, especially when I’m in school. While I may splurge when it becomes exam time, I know that to sustain myself for the whole semester I need to eat quality foods. It’s not always easy when you live on a meal plan, but eating well is crucial to having the energy to work hard in school.
I hope my new school year resolutions help you come up with some of your own! Check back next week to see what I’m up to as I plan to head back to school.