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How to Tackle the Spring Semester

The days are getting longer and the temperatures a little warmer (maybe?), and we know what that means – classes are starting again for the spring semester. It’s always hard to go back to school after a vacation, and after winter break is especially difficult. Something about the weather makes us want to stay under the covers and curl up under a blanket instead of getting up and going to class.

  But whether we like it or not, the spring semester has arrived. And as unpleasant as it can be to drag yourself out of bed each morning when your alarm goes off so you can get to class on time, there are ways to make it easier. The most important, of course, is to stay organized. If you don’t already have a planner or a calendar to keep track of your assignments, projects, and extracurriculars, get one! The beginning of the semester almost always comes with a huge number of deadlines and assignment due dates, so it’s important to have somewhere to record them all so you don’t forget anything.

  After getting organized, getting back on a schedule is a super important thing when you’re starting a new semester. The first thing that this brings to mind is setting your alarm, but that’s only the start. If you’ve gotten used to staying up late during break, it’s probably time to start going to bed a little bit earlier to help make those morning classes (and that early alarm) a little easier. Getting enough sleep is one of the most helpful things you can do for your health and your productivity, so getting back on a good sleep schedule is an important step in starting the new semester strong.

  Once classes have started and the assignments are rolling in, it’s crucial to stay on top of all the tasks you need to accomplish. This is where your planner or calendar comes in handy. Somehow we always have that one week when all of our professors decide to have tests or projects due, and it’s always stressful. But knowing ahead of time that a week like that is coming up will be helpful if it means you can finish some smaller assignments or readings ahead of time, or start studying early.

  The start of a new semester is also the perfect time to set some new goals! Whether it’s maintaining a certain GPA, avoiding all-nighters, or making it to your early morning class every day, it’s good to have some goals for the semester to help keep you on track. Make sure your goals, while challenging, are  still achievable, and don’t forget to set yourself rewards for accomplishing them.

  The beginning of the spring semester is never the most enjoyable time of the year, since most of us are obviously not too happy about having to leave our break behind to go back to class (especially if the weather is bad). But it comes no matter how we feel about it, so taking the necessary steps to start the semester on the right foot is so important in order to save yourself the stress and frustration later!