10 ways to get through your first school semester alive and well
Time to get real. Here’s a list of 10 tips to help you make this semester a little less painful.
1) Clean your room/apartment
Take a couple hours to put all of your stuff in order. It’s going to be so worth it. That way you’ll be able to find everything a lot faster and living in a clean place will also make you feel fresh and more focused on the things you really have to do.
2) Clean your computer
Once your surroundings are all set, try to organize your computer. You’re probably going to be using it to do everything over the next few months. Don’t be afraid to create files and delete useless stuff!
3) Search for new sounds
New music is always good. Keep your classics, but go on and discover new artists on iTunes or Soundcloud. Something fresh in your ears will for sure bring up your mood!
4) Be realistic: Have a life
Sure, school is a priority, but don’t get caught up in the 'studying every day, every minute, every second I am free' spiral. Being serious about your studies is awesome, but don’t kill yourself over that A+.
Seems pretty obvious, but sleeping three hours a night isn’t always enough (especially the day you turn 22). Try to sleep at regular hours and force yourself to be in bed at a decent time.
6) Make lunches
It takes 10 minutes of your day to make a lunch and it’s way healthier than eating out. And you will save tons of money.
7) Get out there and be active
You probably heard this many times, but it’s true: Exercise will increase your concentration and your ability to be productive. Make room for a run or a game of soccer with friends during the week. Many schools even offer a free – or very inexpensive – gym membership or access to the sports facilities on campus.
8) Synchronise your agendas
It’s easier to be less organized in the summer, but once school starts, it’s harder to be spontaneous and super last minute. Getting lost in homework, projects, work and a social life can be quite overwhelming. Whether you use your smartphone, your computer or the old-school agenda, make sure to put everything in the same place.
9) Get involved
Yes, life is hard and everyone is super busy and getting involved with your student associations and committees takes time, but it can be pretty worth it in the end. Not only will you get to put something good on your CV, but you can easily create contacts in your field and make friends who share the same interests. Time flies, so take advantage of your college years and try to make the best of it!
10) Find a place to study
Whether it’s your local coffee shop, the library or your room, make sure you have a place where you feel comfortable staying for several hours to study.