I like to look at every semester like a blank canvas; a chance to really get your act together and become a better version of yourself.
Maybe you didn’t quite get the grades you wanted last semester, or you’ve set a standard for yourself that you want to maintain. Whatever the reason, the new semester is your chance to make a new habit stick, be productive and really excel.
Here are a few simple things you can do in order to own this semester and look back on it feeling satisfied:
Once holidays and assessments are out of the way, it’s time to start afresh. I like to treat myself to some new notebooks, coloured pens and folders to kick off the clean slate. Get everything labelled before you even begin your new lectures – don’t give yourself the opportunity to be disorganised this time around!
Another top tip is to head over to Blackboard to check out module guides and reading lists; this way you get a head start on what kind of topics you’re going to be studying and you get a preview of all your assessment deadlines.
I like to plot mine out on a handy semester calendar that I got from the Student’s Union – that way you also know how early you get to break up for the holidays!
So this one is a little bit vague, yes. What kind opportunities? Where do I find them? They could be anything – work, relationships, extra-curricular activities! Unfortunately, the truth is, sometimes it takes a bit of hard graft and patience to find the right ones.
Think about how much free time you will have over the next few months, and what you want to achieve over that time. And if something comes up which seems like a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity, chances are it probably is! So grab it and don’t let it go. Life is not a dress rehearsal.
Maybe now is the time to join a new society? My advice is not to be frightened about joining something late in the year, either – the longer you delay, the less time you get to enjoy something! Everyone has been the new person, so they will be more than willing to make you feel welcome.
Another option is trying out a new hobby? Maybe learn to play ukulele, speak Japanese or bake the perfect soufflé! There are endless numbers of new skills that you could learn, and if you’ve got time to fill, there’s no time like the present!
Take time for yourself!
I have to hold my hands up and say that I am terrible for not taking my own advice on this one. But it’s super important to have time to rest and recuperate.
So when you’re planning out your schedules, make sure you also include periods of time to take a quiet walk, spend time with people you care about or have a relaxing bath. It’s so vital to take time to recharge, so you can become a better version of yourself.
Another top tip is to put Post-It notes around your room to remind yourself of good things to motivate you.
You can also write down some happy quotes, to make you feel better on those days that you’re a little bit stressed! Make a list of films or songs that make you smile and enjoy these every once in a while – to quote Tesco, “every little helps”.
I hope this advice will help you get the new semester off to the perfect start!