By Sacha Sulaiman
The following lifestyle piece appeared in the September 2019 edition of The Campus.
I know. I know. Did three months really fly by that fast? As the sun sets on our glorious summers, we are forced to bid the glistening heat and relaxing afternoons goodbye and instead, unwillingly welcome the jarring reality of the fall semester. It may be difficult getting back into the swing of school, but it is certainly not impossible. With a few helpful reminders and beneficial tips, this semester will be a light summer breeze.
It is never too early to start preparing! You can start by gathering the necessary supplies and books you need for each of your classes this semester. Checking blackboard to see if your professors have posted the syllabi or other class content is always a great place to start. As students, investing in expensive textbooks every semester can be a hassle, but a more reasonable alternative may be to rent physical copies or buy e-books. Even asking around campus to see if other students have taken the same classes may score you a few inexpensive book purchases!
With the strenuous workload of multiple classes, it is vital to stay organized. “As a student who works and volunteers while going to school full-time, I’ve learned to stay organized by either using a planner or whiteboard calendar of some sort” says Julie Yu, a junior biology student at CCNY. A helpful tip is to transfer the important dates from your class’s syllabi into your monthly calendar, thereby keeping yourself up to date on your assignment’s due dates or exam times. Writing down weekly reminders and making a daily to do list is also beneficial as it helps you keep track of the tasks you need to complete. Most students find that by completing a set task, their productivity increases, and they are more willing to move onto the next one.
Set goals for yourself and stick to them! “If you have that hustler and go-getter mentality, then going to school and working hard will become breeze” Yu expresses. Making goals is essential to visualizing your next step and what you wish to accomplish. Try envisioning what you want to achieve during this semester – whether personal or academic. And then go out and make them a reality! “You may have other priorities, but still push yourself to do the best you can in your classes…even if you’re still in vacation mode” Julie emphasizes, “Time is of the essence.”
Whether you’re busy writing countless essays or preparing for that next quiz, don’t forget to relax and schedule some free time for yourself. Everyone wants that 3.9 GPA but letting loose and giving yourself some time to breathe is a very important part of being productive. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and take each day as it comes. After all, this semester will soon be over just as quick as it started!