2020 is here and you should strive to become the best student and person that you can be. It is important to plan ahead and think about your personal success in order to get one step closer to your dreams without extra stress. Consider these recommendations before you begin the new semester so that your achievements can obtain the most benefits.
1. Find your course locations.
Although you might be extremely comfortable with the FSU campus, it is in your best interest to visit all of your classrooms before the first day of classes in order to prevent being late the first week. Recording the amount of time it takes to get from your dwelling to each class will help you estimate when you should wake up every day and how much time you have to get ready before classes. Being prepared for your first day of class by knowing the location of your courses and the amount of time it takes to arrive will help alleviate some of your stresses at the start of the semester.
2. Get your books.
If your courses for the semester are set, it is important to get your textbooks at the Florida State Bookstore as soon as possible so that you can be prepared for the first week of classes. Purchasing your textbooks ahead of time will assure that you have your mandatory course work ready for the first week of classes. Being prepared for course work that is assigned at the beginning of the semester is important to your success in your courses moving forward so it is a good idea to begin getting them soon.
3. Research your courses.
If you have not done so already, you can prepare for your future courses by searching your class or professor on Rate My Professors. Knowing the type of course work and participation that you will have to complete throughout the semester before it starts will allow you to mentally and academically prepare for your responsibilities for the next four months.
4. Visit your counselor.
You may be on track for your major with your selected courses, but it is a good idea to give your counselor a visit before the semester to verify your academic standing. Your counselor can give you some advice concerning your courses and future involvement opportunities as well. Your counselor may be able to answer any academic questions you have and decrease your stress regarding your future career and college experience.
5. Visit the spring involvement fair.
If you want to further build your resume or simply get involved on campus, FSU is hosting a spring involvement fair on January 7 at Tully Gym from 6 PM to 9 PM. The involvement fair is a great opportunity to get involved in clubs and organizations where you can build skills, make friends and be a part of a new community. If you have extra time this upcoming semester, consider getting involved on campus to explore new organizations that spark your interest.
It is important to set yourself up for success academically and personally ahead of time in order to achieve your goals without going through too much stress. Following these five recommendations will allow you to be the most prepared for the Spring semester.