Top 5 Things to do This Semester

By Emily Carle

And we’re back. Spring 2011 has officially started. I’m sure most of you aren’t quite ready for the transition from the holiday mindset back to class, work and homework. Here are some helpful tips to get you back on track and make this your best semester yet!

1. Set clear goals now

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By setting your goals before the semester starts, you won’t be wasting any time once class starts. Even first-year students, you have been through one semester of college, you know what to expect. Make sure your short term goals help you achieve your long term goals. For example, if your long term goal is to graduate with a 3.0 grade point average, it is important this semester to stay organized, go to class and study often to help you reach your long term goals.

2. Introduce yourself to your professors, now!

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You have probably been told this a hundred times before, but it really is helpful. You never know, you could have a professor as cool as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. But you won’t know until you go and talk to him or her!

3. Plan out time for yourself

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Before the semester gets too crazy and exam-filled, make sure you map out time to be productive then reward yourself with some down time. You’re going to burn out if it’s only the “go, go, go” mentality. Maybe once a month you take yourself to the spa or allow a whole evening for guilty pleasure movies.

4. Stay healthy & eat right

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Okay, this is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s also one of the most important. With colder temperatures, close quarters and lots of germs, you have to remember to take care of your body. Little things like eating right and washing your hands can play a big part in staying healthy. It’s not easy to miss a week of class due to illness and you shouldn’t find out the hard way.

5. Do something you didn’t do last semester

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Maybe there was an organization you thought about joining or you always wanted to go to the theatre but never did last semester. Now is your time to do it! Don’t end college saying “what if?” So try everything you can now. Introduce yourself to someone down the hall, form a study group in one of your classes, actually go to the library instead of just talking about it, anything new! It doesn’t have to be big and life changing, but it could lead to positive results in your life.

Emily Carle is a senior applied communication major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

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