How To Start Your Semester Off Right

by Molly Scott

Out with the old, in with the new.

After a much needed winter break, we’re back to start second semester off right. It’s the perfect time to think about what you want out of the rest of your school year. By planning ahead and getting an early start, you can achieve your goals over the next few months.

Start with your space
Whether you are in a single, a double, or even a triple, you can redecorate your room to give yourself a fresh perspective. Begin by cleaning the whole space and then rearrange the furniture. Move things like textbooks, notebooks, and school supplies to new places, and decorate the walls differently. A new look will really freshen up your room and could have an affect on your everyday habits and mentality!

Set health goals
If you want to lose weight or start eating healthier (maybe both), now is the time to do it! Think about what it is you want to accomplish and then plan how you’re going to do it. For example, look at your class schedule and see when during the day you have time to exercise or prepare healthier meals for yourself. Plan for it and mark these things into your weekly schedule. If you want to eat healthier, also consider starting a food journal. Write down what you are eating during the day and see what junk you can lose from your diet, as well as what kinds of good stuff you can incorporate. By keeping a food journal, you can visualize how your diet has improved throughout the course of the semester.

So that’s how it works!

Think about academic goals
If your GPA is not where you want it, this is your chance to do something about it. The trick is to plan early: getting a head-start in all your classes is very important for ultimately achieving good grades. Even though it is tempting this early in the semester, do not procrastinate. Get an early start on papers and studying so that you are not cramming the night before exams and deadlines. Also, think about study aids. If math is not your best subject, consider getting a tutor or going to the Help Room. If you are in a writing or English course and want to ensure the quality of your paper, check out the Barnard Writing Fellows.

Good luck and have your best semester yet!

Molly Scott is a sophomore at Barnard and Girl Talk editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Seventeen and pluralsight.

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