It’s that time of year again – a new semester, a new set of classes, and a new you! … Just kidding, you say that every time. But this time, maybe you can do a few more things right.
- Get organized. Take the first week to figure out what materials you need for each class, block out some study/work times in your schedule, and figure out what is going to work best for you this semester. What works for someone else make not work for you, and what worked for you last semester may not work again. Experiment this week when you have a little extra time. Check out The College Prepster’s advice. organizedmom.net
- Start with less commitments than you think you can handle. Undoubtedly, more responsiblities will come up and there will be more studying to do. So if you only start with the minimum, you will have room for those extra things. Start with your classes, add organizational commitments you are already in, and go from there. Remember, it’s okay to say no sometimes. See what Leo Babauta has to say about commitments.
- Establish routines early. Devise morning, night, or study routines now. When you’re stressed beyond Insomnia’s help and you have a whole tidal wave of midterms coming your way, having a few things you do every day in the same order (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) can add some sanity to your mind. (Note: You don’t have to follow these 100% of the time. You probably won’t anyway). Learn about habit stacking from Courtney Carver.
- Put yourself out there. Purdue is huge! There will be many new faces in your classes this week. Walk in, introduce yourself to a person or two, and ask them questions about themselves. People love talking about themselves. This is a great way to start a friendship or a study-buddy-ship (yes, that’s a thing). But don’t just stop at your classes, get to know others in your organizations, dorm/apartment/house, and the community. Read why people like to talk about themselves here.
- Relax – it’s not finals week yet! It’s just the first week of school. Assignments may seem to already be piling up, but you got this!
It’s going to be great semester!
– Erin, your editor. (firstname.lastname@example.org)