Most students greet the new semester with great enthusiasm and excitement—as they look forward to new classes, new routines, and maybe even new living arrangements and roommates.
However, adapting to so many changes at once can be mentally and physically exhausting. Keep in mind that it’s likely to take a few weeks before you feel settled in.
To help you navigate this transition, here are five tips to consider that can help you become more productive, organized, resilient, and focused:
- Develop routines. Morning and nightly routines are especially important for getting your days off to a good start and ensuring a good night’s sleep. Incorporating healthy eating and regular exercise into your lifestyle are equally important.
- Manage your time wisely. Create a weekly calendar that not only outlines your classes but also schedules time for studying, eating, and socializing. Also, be sure to schedule downtime—this can help you be more productive and avoid procrastinating.
- Aim for progress, not perfection. Progress is not always linear and neither is learning. And sometimes, a failure ends up being an important life lesson. Keep things in perspective.
- Build a support network. Surround yourself with positive and supportive friends. If you’re struggling with academic or personal issues, don’t hesitate to seek help from college professors, teaching assistants, or counselors.
- Get familiar with your Assistance Program. This is a free and confidential benefit that provides easy access to mental health sessions, life coaching, and other support services to help you manage life’s everyday challenges and reach your personal and academic goals.
To learn more about this important benefit, please visit Member Support.