Dear New Semester,

It's crazy to think that you've come back so soon. There's not nearly enough summertime, but I'm still excited that you're here. I know, it's shocking, not many students are excited to see you, but I'm glad that you're back. And, what comes with a new semester is a new start. So maybe I didn't have the perfect grades I wanted last semester, and maybe I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped to, but this semester, I plan to do all that and more. So what if last semester wasn't the best? And so what if I struggled through it? A new semester means I have the chance to improve from the last. And, more importantly, I can take what I learned last semester and will keep it in mind for this one. By taking this steps, I know I will make this new semester much better than last semester:

1. Stay balanced

Classes, homework, studying, friends, and being involved on campus is a lot. Just remember that

2. Stay focused

If you have a break in between classes, maybe you should start your homework for the class you were just in. Even though the assignment may not be due for a couple days, you'll feel much better getting it done than if you spend your time watching Netflix.

3. Sleep

Everyone has different study habits. Some do better staying up late and doing work, while others do better doing it during the day. Regardless, make sure you are getting sleep, even if that means napping during the day.

4. Get ahead

On most syllabi, professors outline the entire semester for you. Take the time to look at what's due next week. If you don't have a lot of work to do, try and get ahead on the readings. That way, if something comes up next week, you don't have to worry about not getting it done.

5. Ask questions

Asking questions seems impossible at times. Do I dare to raise my hand and possibly embarrass myself in front of the whole class? Will my professor think I'm stupid or get annoyed? Surprisingly, most professors want you to ask questions. It shows that you are trying to understand the material and that you want to do well in their class.

6. Have fun

The most important thing of all. Yes, college is about studying and getting a degree, but that's not all there is to it. Make sure to enjoy yourself and have fun with your friends, too.

So, new semester, it seems that we'll be getting along just fine. Just remember, I will crush you (and I mean that in the nicest way possible).

Sincerely,

A Determined College Student