Hey everyone! We survived syllabus week! So far, the semester hasn’t been too bad. I haven’t had too much work yet because it’s only the first week. This week was the calm before the storm. Next week, though, things will be kicked up a notch. I will have more homework, more student organization meetings, and I will start working in the lab. So this weekend, I’m taking some time to prepare for the rest of the semester. Here are some things you should do to prepare for an organized and successful rest of the semester.
Read all your syllabi and put them in a safe, yet easily accessible place.
Take the time to read each of your syllabi. Be familiar with your professor’s grading and attendance policies. If it helps, highlight policies you want to double check or reference in the future. It would also be a good idea to create an assignment spreadsheet. (This post by Dani from Dearest will show you how to make an organized semester spreadsheet!) After you’ve looked them over, put them in a safe, yet easily accessible spot. For example, I divide my binder according to class. I keep the syllabus for each class right behind the divider tab in a plastic sheet protector. The plastic sheet protector keeps it safe, while keeping it with the other class documents makes it easily accessible.
As college students, we put a lot of demands on our bodies to get us through college life. College life isn’t easy, and we need our bodies to keep up with our busy lifestyle. Our bodies perform best when we give them what they need. Unfortunately, we often don’t give our bodies what they need, and this causes us to be tired and stressed out. In this post, I want to help you implement healthy habits to give your body what it needs. As a result, you will be happier, more alert, and less stressed.
We know we need to take care of ourselves, but we often don’t do it. It’s hard to get off our butts and go to the gym. It’s hard to pass up a cupcake for an apple. These goals (such as “exercise” or “eat healthy”) are very general, so it’s hard to achieve them. This post is a list of simple, achievable goals that’ll put you on the path to giving your body what it needs.
Chances are, you’re not going to find anything new in this post. It’s likely you’ve heard this before, but it’s important enough that I wanted to remind you.
Set aside time to exercise.
You know that exercise is important, but despite that, it’s hard to actually get up and do it. The way to make it as painless as it can be is to make it a habit, a part of your routine. Set aside the same block of time every week to do it. Write it in your planner and make a note of it in your phone so you don’t forget! Here are some more tips on how to make working out a habit.
Something that distinguishes college from high school is that if you need help, you need to seek it yourself. No one is going to watch your back for you. They won’t ask you if you’re doing okay or if you’re struggling in a class. Thankfully, there are many resources on your college campus that you can turn to when you’re in need. All you have to do is find them and ask them for help. Here are some campus resources I find useful.
Note: Some of these offices may have different names at your school, but do essentially the same thing. Visit your school’s website to find out which services they offer.
Undergraduate research office
If you’re in a research based field, this office will help you find research opportunities, sometimes even for pay. This is useful for those who need to complete a research requirement or for those who want to get more involved in their field. The office of undergraduate research at my school is how I found the opportunity to work in a lab on campus. It’s a wonderful program that is often overlooked. Don’t miss out on research opportunities!