How to Survive the First Month


The arrival of a new semester is a paradox of emotions: excitement, dread, hope, despair. While most students are happy to be back on campus and living with all their friends, few eagerly anticipate the imminent mountain of homework, papers, projects, tests and studying that often accompanies the return to campus. With a few handy tips we’ll go through here, the upcoming Fall 2016 semester can be yours for the taking.

Get into a routine

Whether it’s going for a run at the same time every day, or making sure you log in a solid hour or two at the library after classes, getting into a set and stable routine will help create the “new normal” for you. It’s nice to fall back on what’s familiar when it feels like college may in fact be killing your spirit—so get a head start on it now and create good habits and daily activities to help you get in your own groove.

Stay organized

If you’re not usually an organized person, the beginning of a new semester is a great time to turn over a new leaf. Figure out what works for you best and stick to it throughout the year, from note-taking to that tiny dorm closet—you’ll thank yourself later!

Branch out

Go a little out of your comfort zone and be open to new ways, whether it’s joining a new group on campus for an event or grabbing lunch with your new lab partner. Not only will it keep you busy, but you may gain a new friend or two. It’s never too late to try something new!


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