How does your academic year usually start? If every year you scramble for timetables, syllabi, and books, trying to fit your ever dwindling budget, if you miss all the exciting stuff around campus, it’s time to make some changes. With fall semester around the corner, there are three things you can still do to get ready.
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Get Organized While You Still Have Time
Who doesn’t like sleeping till noon on a summer day, after staying up all night binge watching the favorite show? However, if you keep going on like that, the first few weeks of the fall semester will turn you into a living dead, always asleep on your feet. That is especially true if you have morning classes as early as 8 AM.
Try setting your alarm for a reasonable hour and don’t succumb to the temptation of a snooze button. Early wake-up calls during the last summer days will prepare you for early school mornings. You will thank yourself for the foresight when your classmates begin to hate you for your chirpiness during the first period.
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If you want to take your time-management skills to a new level this year, buy a planner or get an app for your phone to keep your classes, homework and other activities organized. There are numerous ways to go about planning your time, the easiest being a simple bullet list of all the things you need to do in a day. You can also use a calendar app to mark your timetable, clubs and sports events to get a better idea of how much free time you have left for homework and entertainment.
Decide How You Want Your Semester to Go
When you get swept up into the everyday routine of classes and studies, it is easy to lose track of time. Before you know it, the semester is over, and you have nothing to remember it by. To avoid making the same mistake this year, take some time to set your goals. They can be either academic or social:
- Pass five classes with a score of 90+
- Turn in all assignments a week before the due date
- Spend two night a week out with friends
- Sign up for a half-marathon
- Research fellowship options
This might seem counterproductive after previous advice, but the last summer days are a perfect time to relax and enjoy yourself. If you are set on achieving your goals this semester, you are likely to have little to no time for rest till winter holidays. So relish the opportunity to pamper yourself.
Get a new haircut, do your nails or simply spend time with your family and friends. Go out, bask in the sun, swim in the ocean or play around in an inflatable pool. Cherish these moments, since soon you will be stuck in the library, slaving over research papers and case studies. This is your last chance to create vivid memories that will help you get through the school routine.
Of course, the list of things to do before the fall semester starts can go on forever. There are books to be bought, budgets to be balanced, roommate arrangements to be made. However, you can’t get ready for every curveball life throws your way. Start small: get organized, set goals, and enjoy the last days of summer. These simple steps will make all the difference!