How to Survive Fall Quarter 101

27 Sep 2017
© Photo by Lauren Mancke
It’s that time of year again, and yes I know, the summer slump is real my fellow college students. How are we ever going to survive saying our final goodbyes to our dear friend, summer? Whether you’re a freshman who is eager & ready to embark on a soul search to find yourself or a senior suffering from a severe case of senioritis, here are some tips on how to hit the ground running this fall quarter.
  1. Invest in a planner
    During the first week of school, I like to mark down the important dates after each class. This is key to ensuring you stay on top of things & hold yourself accountable. Once you’re done completing a task, highlight it or cross it off so that the tasks that aren’t completed stand out!
  2. DON’T OVERSTUDY
    All nighters should never be the answer! Been there, done that. I found that I did better on exams when I didn’t allow myself to stay up later than 12:00 a.m. Rather than staying up late, I’d sleep for 6-8 hours & wake up mentally prepared and sharp to tackle the material I was wrestling with.
  3. Don’t make studying a miserable task
    The MINUTE I feel the summer slump taking over my mind & body, I find a way to create a pleasant, yet studious, environment. I find this is how I’m able to study for longer periods of time while (somewhat) enjoying the experience. For example, I love getting in the fall spirit by lighting my favorite pumpkin cupcake scented candle, putting on my coziest pair of fuzzy socks, and grabbing my iced pumpkin spice latte (“basic” much? I think yes). After all, we can’t change the fact that we have to study, but what we can change is the ambiance!
  4. Find the study environment that is more suitable for your learning experience
    95% of the time, I find that studying in my room leads to napping for thirty minutes… which ends up turning into hours of wasted time. If you can relate to this, I recommend studying at our local Starbucks, Auggies, Back to the Grind, or even the library. I also like to find a spacious table because I feel like a small table limits me mentally.
  5. Surround yourself with people who will support you with your endeavors
    I think we can all agree that separation anxiety is real when it comes to leaving our friends, but deep down inside we know that studying alone is the way to go. If you want to excel academically, you have to discipline yourself. Studying with friends will only distract you, so prioritize your time in such a way where you can manage to study alone & still see your friends after for a break. Being around like-minded people who respect your hard-working ethic is key.
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