The spring semester is quickly creeping up on us all. And no matter how many years you've been in school, those first days back can be overwhelming. You never know what the next semester may bring, but there are things you can do to prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
A new semester means a blank slate, new people to meet, new memories to make, and new opportunities to find. So with that being said, here's a list of simple yet major things that you can do to ready yourself for the upcoming semester and make it your best yet.
A key to getting ahead in college is to start planning early - you can begin even before your first class.
If you already know your class schedule, make a note in your planner of the days you'll be busy. You can also take the time to designate times during the week where you'll know you can do homework and even create a study schedule.
If you're super into planning like me, you could even spend some time color coding your classes and labeling your notebooks. This way, when classes start, you'll have everything you need, and you will be reminded of all of your commitments ahead of time.
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Start Buying Textbooks/Supplies
Although this is probably everyone's least favorite thing about going back to school, the sooner you start buying your textbooks, the more money and time you'll save. If you leave this task undone for too long, it might affect your entire semester.
This also applies to buying school supplies. Depending on your major, you might need more supplies than other students. Once you acquire everything you need, that's one more thing checked off the list.
Get Back on a Schedule
Break is the time for relaxation -- for most of us, that means sleeping as much as we can. But we all know that once classes start it'll be hard to wake up for those 8ams.
So slowly prepare yourself for waking up early by setting an alarm every night, and not sleeping the day away. The sooner you start doing this, the easier it'll be for you to get up and be ready for class.
Set New Goals
It's really important to set personal goals, as well as academic goals for yourself. If the last semester didn't go the way you hoped it would, make this new semester your fresh start and set a few goals that you would like to accomplish. This new semester is your chance to do things differently!
Need some ideas to get you started? Your goals for this semester could include raising your GPA, dedicating more time to doing homework, and spending more time with friends.
Also, it's good to start small - maybe spend one more hour on homework a week, for instance - and go from there. The less demanding these goals are, the more likely you are to maintain them!
Before the work begins, take sometime for yourself. Once assignments and projects begin to pile up, it might be difficult to find some time to relax. So make it a point to carve out some "me time" before things get hectic. Go shopping, pamper yourself, spend a day trying new things or spend some time with your family before it's time to go back to the dorms!
Self care is extremely important, so don't forget that even though things will get busy, your health and wellbeing always come first.
How do you prepare for a new semester?
Are there any other ways that you like to get ready for a new semester? Let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear your ideas!