With a new semester comes new responsibilities. Whether its school work, a job, involvement, or all of the above, it becomes difficult to juggle it all. Although the semester may bring new challenges, it’s nothing a #GirlBoss can’t handle.

1)  Surround yourself with people who inspire you

You become the people that surround you. It is vital to make relationships with those who challenge and inspire you to become better. Make time for friends who are successful and passionate about life. Keeping negative people around is ultimately harmful to you. Do yourself a favor by filling your life with uplifting and positive people who will life you up on your journey to success.

2)  Set specific academic goals and work diligently to achieve them

It is vital to make the most out of your education. While school work can be a drag, it won’t last forever. We are in charge of which classes we take and what we get out of it. It’s easy to “just get by”, but this will not help you be the best #GirlBoss that you can be. Work diligently now and it will pay off in the future. Take challenging courses and work towards that 4.0 GPA.

3)  Create a plan for the semester and beyond

Planning is a fundamental part of success. Each day set aside a few minutes to plan for what’s to come. This will help fully prepare you for a successful semester. You will find it easier to accomplish more and be a true #GirlBoss. While it’s necessary to look closely at each day’s tasks, also create a plan for the future. Even if it’s broad, your end goal will have a huge effect on what you do from day-to-day. A successful future will be an incentive to make the most of each task.

4)  Make time for yourself

In the midst of craziness this semester, alone time is critical. Part of being a #GirlBoss is knowing how much we should put on our plates. Life can be a lot to handle, and while we feel as if we can handle it all, sometimes we can’t – and that’s okay. Understand that you are only human and need time to relax and reflect. It is vital to take care of yourself first. Recharge your mind and body to get ready for what’s next.

5) Help others

Being a #GirlBoss means leading by example. People will remember how you made them feel, so be mindful of how you’re treating others! At the end of the day, helping out others will always be beneficial to both you and the recipient. Loving and helping others is a reward in itself.

Being a #GirlBoss does not mean being perfect. It is having the courage to help others and yourself be the best possible. Take on this semester with good intentions and even better actions. Be the change, inspiration, and leadership you wish to see. This is your semester to be the ultimate #GirlBoss.

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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