5 Tips For Going Into A New Semester
Start writing a post
Student Life

5 Tips For Going Into A New Semester

With a little help this can be your best semester yet!

33
5 Tips For Going Into A New Semester
Emily Smith

The fall semester has arrived and whether you’re ready or not it’s in full swing. Don’t fret though! I’ve compiled five tips that I’ve found helpful for myself when entering a new semester.

1. Take Care Of Yourself

It can be easy to neglect self-care when you have lots of new responsibilities. However, taking small steps to take care of yourself can make a huge difference in making you feel better and ready to conquer your classes. Eating healthy and exercising are some ways you can take care of yourself and make you feel good. Activities that help relieve your stress like spending time with friends or reading a good book can help you feel refreshed and ready to keep working hard. And I can’t stress enough how important it is to get enough sleep! 7-8 hours is ideal and even if you can’t get a good night’s sleep, taking a power nap will help sustain throughout a long day.

2. Do An Activity You Enjoy

Going off of tip #1, doing activities you enjoy can make your college experience more memorable and pleasant. Not to mention it can relieve your stress. Find a club or group at UNF that’s based around an activity you like to do. For instance, if you like playing sports and aren’t on a college sports team, UNF has intramurals sports for students. Doing something other than going to class and studying is good for you and will give your brain a break and help you do better in school.

3. Try Something Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Out of all the tips this one is probably the most difficult (at least for myself). Staying within the bounds of your comfort zone is easy and effortless. But when you’re applying for jobs after graduation, employers want to see how you challenged yourself during college. So go try something new. If you’re afraid of heights, give the UNF Ropes Course a try. Or if you tend to be more reserved, go help a foreign exchange student practice their English during “Power Hour” at the English Language Program on campus. Stretch yourself by venturing outside the realms of your personal “bubble”.

4. Don't Procrastinate

I’ll be honest, procrastination is my weakness. It’s an easy trap to fall into when you have one deadline after another but planning ahead and spacing out your work can help alleviate stress. Completing a big project or paper over the course of the semester makes them appear less daunting. In addition, using a planner to write out specific tasks you have to complete and their deadline can give you a visual of what you need to accomplish and when.

5. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Setting goals can be tricky so when I set new goals each semester, I use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused and Time-bound. For more information on how to set S.MA.R.T. goals check out this PDF from Virginia University.

Whether this is your first semester of college or your last, I hope these tips encourage you to stretch yourself and make the most of the new term. You got this!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Planning Another Christmas Party

Don't just plan another plain party but get creative to have everyone wanting to come back next year!

6925
Getty Famous

You know it's Christmas when the radio stations change to all of your favorite holiday tunes, the air is still, and stores have the best sales. With all my favorite things from Christmas happening my least favorite probably has to be when I have to go to another same old boring Christmas party that I get invited to every year. Here are some Christmas party ideas so that you won't have another sad Christmas party.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

For Young Players Who Want to Succeed at The Next Level

12643
High School Soccer is Wildly Important

Whose choice is it? The parent? The player? There are a number of reasons that a kid may sit out of high school soccer, and to be completely honest; It is a huge mistake. High school soccer is the final piece in the puzzle that takes a player from above average or elite, to college ready by the end of their senior year. Every year thousands of talented athletes don't play for their high schools. Why though?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

10128
8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List
Unsplash.com

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Fall Weather Must-Haves

Put away the swim suits and your favorite high-waisted shorts!

9959

The transitional months of fall can cause some fashion headaches as you try to figure out what clothing to keep in your closet. With limited amount of college living space and the ever-unpredictable Nebraska weather, sometimes it’s difficult to know what should be taking up that precious closet space as you transition into winter. As you pack away those tanks and shorts for the chilly months ahead, get your closet ready with a few Fall must-haves. 

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Take a look at the articles driving big conversations on Odyssey.

8665
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/video/we-are-rollins-odyssey
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/video/we-are-rollins-odyssey

At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments