New Year, New Semester. Are You Ready For It?

Classes start today! Whoop whoop! Are you ready for it?

(Sorry for the TSwift giphy, I couldn't help it. 😂😂 I'm laughing at this face she's making too.)

No? You're not ready?! School's a drag, you say?

While some make think starting a new semester can be a downer, here are a few reasons why you should consider thinking otherwise.

  1. You are one semester closer to graduating!
  2. You get to see your friends again.
  3. You get back in a routine and can do all your activities and events again and get to see people (but mostly, you can get back into your normal binge-watching Netflix routine).
  4. You get to learn!
    • (Come on, learning is not that bad. Why are you even going to school if you truly hate learning?)
    • Take a random class that has nothing to do with your major and expand your horizons.

Are you still stuck trying to find motivation for this semester? Don’t worry, I gotchu. Here are some ideas to get you ready!

1. Check out extracurriculars.

  • Join an intramural team
  • Join a student organization or club
  • Is there nothing that interests you? Start your own group!

2. Go to the gym.

  • Ew.. I know, right? Wrong. Go to the freaking gym! You don’t have to run a thousand miles or lift 500 pounds. Just get your heart rate up a little bit and get your blood pumping. Your body and mind will LOVE you!
  • Working out sends endorphins to your brain which results in a mood boost. You will also feel less anxious, stressed and it will improve your sleep, which let’s be real… we’re college students and we love our sleep.
  • On top of all of that awesome stuff, you will look and feel fit and healthy if you make exercising a part of your daily routine.
  • You can download FREE aps that will help you create effective workouts as short as seven minutes! Check out this one and this one.

3. Catch up!

  • Go get drinks or ice cream or HyChi or Taco Bell with a friend(s) you haven’t seen since break. Catch up on everything and everyone and pump each other up about your awesome semester together!

4. Be honest with yourself.

  • If you are honestly dreading going back to classes, ask yourself why and be real with yourself. What’s the problem?
  • Are you studying something that actually interests you and is going to help you reach your dreams?
  • Are you happy with your school? It’s okay if that answer is no. Look into transferring.
  • How is your living situation?
  • Look at the things that are actually bothering you about starting the new semester and take action to solve them! You only have one life, so live it happily! 

Check these things off your to-do list to get your semester started smoothly!

  1. Evaluate your class schedule with your life schedule and make sure you have a realistic course load for your ability.
  2. Drop any classes you don’t need and aren’t interested in. (Although I highly recommend taking a random class so you can try something new and expand your understanding of the world.)
  3. Create a study schedule. Don’t make it minute by minute because I guarantee that won’t happen, but schedule in general times to shut off your technological devices and study for each class.
  4. Buy your books. Come on people. This is Freshman 101. You should already have your books.
  5. It wouldn’t hurt to touch base with your advisor. Whoever he or she is, they have a lot of power in the school and they have a lot of potential to help you out down the road, so make sure you get to know them and that they know you are more than just a name and a class schedule.

Have an awesome semester and check back for new posts here on my blog throughout the year! 

how to survive finals week

"HOLY-CRAP-IT-IS-FINALS-WEEK-AND-I-HAVE-TO-CRAM-A-WHOLE-SEMESTER'S-WORTH-OF-INFORMATION-IN-TONIGHT-BEFORE-THE-EXAM-TOMORROW-SO-I-AM-GOING-TO-PULL-AN-ALL-NIGHTER!!"

Don’t do that. ^

I know, I know finals are stressful. But studying for 10 hours straight and staying up all night is NOT going to help you on your final.

I’ll be honest. If you are trying to learn a whole semester’s worth of information the night before the exam, you probably shouldn’t expect a pretty grade. Sorry…

Whether you did or didn’t pay attention all semester and are trying to catch up now, here are a few things you should do during this week of stress.

1. Stop stressing.

Take a breather. First of all, while passing your exams is probably a good thing, it is NOT the end of the world if you don’t. It happens. We are human. You will survive. Life will go on.

But you are not going to fail. So take a few breaths, drink some water, and keep scrolling.

2. Eat good food.

I know it’s really tempting to indulge in sweets or pizza during finals week, but don’t over do it. Have a little something, something here and there. Just make sure you get other foods in too.

Some good brain foods are blueberries, apples, avocados, nuts, leafy veggies, and dark chocolate. Yes, chocolate.

Reward yourself with a little candy or cookie after completing a paper or filling out all your note cards and then keep going! Rewards aren’t just for after finals. Taking small steps and realizing those are achievements will motivate you!

3. Workout

What? Workout?! Hell-to-the-no! You crazy?

Calm down. It doesn’t have to be a two hour, max out, high interval, balls to the walls workout session! But get your brain juices flowing with a 15-minute walk around campus. It’s really beautiful outside right now, so go enjoy it for a second and relax!

Or even just get up and have a quick dance session!

4. Take breaks every 50 minutes.

Okay maybe you shouldn't do that ^ exactly... but get out of your apartment or library and get a change of scenery. At the very least, get out of your chair and go to the bathroom!

Studying for hours straight can overwhelm your brain and you won’t retain as much information that way. You need to relax and reflect. So every 50-70 minutes, take a 10-15 minute break. Text a friend, or check Facebook, or Instagram. Post to your Snap story what a boss you are for studying so hard.

Getting your mind off topic every now and then will help you focus when you need to be on topic.

 

5. Sleep!

I know it is super tempting to pull an all-nighter, but DON’T DO IT! Studies have shown getting a proper amount of rest is more beneficial than reading through your notes another five times.

If you are sleep deprived the day of the exam, even the things you know you know, you are more likely to get wrong. So shut down your devices and turn off your lights and check out for at least seven hours.

Just do it. Go to bed. Relax. Let your brain absorb what you have already studied.

6. Lastly, believe in yourself!

I know this sounds kind of silly, but having confidence can drastically improve your performance. Don’t worry about studying up to the last minute. Just go with what you know and own it.

You know a lot more than you think you do. Trust yourself.

Just keep calm and carry on.

You got this!

Here's a few more Sheldon gifs for you before you get back to studying. 

You are so welcome.

*Originally posted 4/25/2017