Maybe last semester didn’t go as planned. Your goal of a 4.0 GPA had quickly diminished and before you knew it finals were here. Failure always serves as a lesson and motivation to do better during this spring semester. After all, it is a new year and a time for fresh beginnings.

1) Get a planner that you love

Planners may seem overrated, but they hold a lot of power over your semester. There are planners of all sizes and styles. Search around for one that fits your lifestyle. It’s nice to have a hub for all of your plans, assignments, and exams. This will help you organize and plan for your upcoming busy semester.

2) Budget

Budgeting will help you become much more organized and less stressed during the semester. It is easy to spend money on things that you don’t necessarily need while at school. Whether it’s buying too much coffee, clothes, or food, try cutting back and create a well-designed budget that allows you not to stress over the bills every month.

3) Print and review your syllabuses prior to the first day

On the first day of class, have your syllabuses printed and highlighted with the important information. Some professors skip going over the syllabus, so understanding the expectations for the class will allow you to be calm and prepared on the first day.

4) Set your workout schedule

Finding time to exercise during the busyness of the semester can be burdensome. Lay out your workout schedule before the semester starts to get on a regular schedule. Working it into your already busy schedule will make it a stress-reliever rather than an extra load.

5) A few new outfits

Let’s face it – a few new outfits can transform your entire attitude about classes. Whether it’s a cute new pair of Lululemon leggings or a new sweater that you love, you will be walking around campus much more confidently, ready to take on the semester.

6) Review the textbook before the lecture

Read any assigned reading prior to the class lecture. This will allow you to have an understanding of the topic before your professor teaches it to the entire class. Sometimes professors may skim over the content to fit more into the class. Reading the chapter before will get you more prepared for the exam. You will be able to engage and ask questions more easily during class as well.

7) Clean out your email inbox

Nothing makes me feel cluttered like an overflowing email inbox. Take time to go through last semester’s emails and trash anything that you don’t need. You’ll feel fresh and ready to take on the mass load of school emails during the day. This will also allow the truly important emails not to get lost in the clutter.

8) Introduce yourself to your professors

By introducing yourself to your professors after class or during office hours, you will already be making a great first impression. This will take off the edge when you go in to ask for help or clarification on an assignment. They also may become mentors or job connections in the future – you never know.

9) Surround yourself with supportive people

You become who your friends are. If you are hanging around supportive, hardworking people, that will reflect in your work and everyday life. Having people who push you closer to your goals will make it easier achieve success.

10) Delegate time for yourself

With hard work needs to come time for yourself. Set aside time for yourself each day to unwind and reflect on the day. Make it a priority to do whatever you like to do in your free time. This will refresh and prepare you for the next day’s work.

Your past does not dictate your future. Allow this upcoming year to be a time for new beginnings. Push yourself to be the absolute best that you can be in school. Shoot for an A in a class that you know will be difficult for you. The only person holding you back is yourself.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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