Ask Abbey: New Semester, New Changes

AMY STEL | FEATURES COLUMNIST

The new semester comes with many changes and for us college students it comes with a whole new schedule in and outside of the classroom.

Dear Abbey,

What are some tips that will help the students at St.Norbert get reorganized for the new semester and all the changes it will entail?

Dear students,

Changes are a given in life, especially now that you have all been welcomed into the current era of your lives ,called adulthood–YIKES. One thing I would like to point out is that all of you have a lot more time than I did to grow up. Dogs only have a year of puppyhood and then are expected to be a  well- trained and behaved dog. So remember, everyone makes mistakes and that is just human nature, on the other hand, dogs never make mistakes, unless they are told so. However, mistakes are not necessarily a bad thing, they help us learn.

Now is a great time for trying new things and discovering what you do and do not like. A great thing about college is that if you do not like something, you can change it. One thing you all should remember is that everyone is in full control of their own life. If you do not enjoy a certain class or your living situation, there are always ways to change those settings.

One tip I have for all of you struggling to get resettled in for the next sixteen long weeks is that going with the flow of life is never a bad idea. Certain things will just happen, problems will arise, snowstorms will expose themselves in April, professors will cancel class three minutes after the class technically started, my owner will forget to feed me when daylight savings changes and these are things that no one really has any control over. If you want to stay as much on-top of life as you can, then focus on the things you can control.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep a daily planner or bullet journal. I personally keep a bullet journal,  and my daily accomplishments usually include the small but notable perks of my day, such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Writing down all of your plans, assignments, goals and accomplishments will help you feel more organized and confident about life. Especially because it is the beginning of the semester, it is hard to remember class and meeting times, so writing them down or putting them into Google Calendar will help everyone get into a new routine faster and easier. Adjusting is never easy, but being organized will help that adjustment period go so much faster.

As always, peace and blessings from your campus dog,

Abbey

 

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