5 tips for the new year

5 tips for the new year

Jan 12
Sara Tondini, Animal Sciences graduate student

Whether you spent most of your break sleeping or eating or both, it’s time to get back to business. It's the beginning of a new semester with new classes, professors, classmates and opportunities. In order to get off on the right foot, I have some tips for the New Year and the new semester.

1. Go to class: We're starting fresh. As of now you have the opportunity to get all your participation points for your classes :) go you! If you were stressing around finals time last semester, use that to help you stay focused this semester. Attend class and take your studying seriously. You’ll be thanking yourself in May.

2. Improve your study habits: You could start a study group in one of your more challenging classes or take notes in a different way. If you usually type your notes on your laptop, try writing them down in a notebook instead. Writing can help you remember, and if you’re not on your laptop, you won’t be tempted to switch browsers and start shopping for spring break clothes. If you usually study at home change your surroundings. I’m partial to the ACES Library, but there are plenty of great study spots on campus.

3. Meet new people: Whether it's a classmate, a professor or someone sitting next to you at lunch, introduce yourself to someone new. This can be hard for the quiet ones (me), but networking is one of the most valuable assets you will gain in college. I’m not saying the person you introduce yourself to is going to give you a job on the spot, but everyone you meet knows something you don’t, and it’s important we learn from others.

4. Try new things: At least one new thing! Maybe you want to try a new restaurant with friends or get involved in a study abroad experience or join an RSO. Don't limit yourself. Sometimes we get stuck in the same routine and get too comfortable. Challenging yourself and stepping outside of your box, even just a little bit, can create opportunities you didn’t know were there.

5. Recharge: It's important to take care of yourself. Try and do something every week that recharges you. It could be a trip to the gym or a movie night with some friends or my personal favorite, a nap! Make time for yourself to do something you enjoy. This will make some of the stress of that week go away, so you are in the right mindset to stay focused on school, work and your other responsibilities.

It’s a New Year, but you’re still you, and you know yourself better than anyone. So before classes start, take some time to think about how you want this semester to go. You can try all of my tips or come up with some of your own. It’s important to set goals and stick to them. Make this year your best year yet!

Come back soon!