How to make the most of this semester
By Meredith Cox, Staff Writer
The start of a new semester is a time to set new goals, try new activities, and [try to] get ahead on schoolwork as much as possible. However, all of these things are easier said than done. We are often preoccupied with other, more exciting things at the beginning of the semester, like seeing old friends, redecorating our dorm rooms, and continuing to binge watch that Netflix series we started over break. However, now is the best time to work on some of those New Year’s resolutions and build habits that are conducive to having the most successful semester yet!
- Try Something New
First, try something new. There is nothing more satisfying than mastering a new skill or discovering an activity you enjoy. Try out a new fitness class offered at the gym, sign up for a new club on campus, or just go and get the new special at Bullet. Make this semester one of exploration and adventure, and even get your friends involved in the undertaking. You may be surprised at all of the undiscovered options Gettysburg has to offer.
- Create Healthy Eating Habits
Next, focus on creating healthy eating habits. Along with a new semester of classes comes a new routine to follow; make sure you get into the habit of nourishing your body, while simultaneously nourishing your mind. In college, it is easy to live off of pizza and mozz sticks. However, do your body a favor by limiting intake of salty, sugary, and fatty foods to only a couple times a week. Fueling yourself with fresh fruits and veggies will leave you with more energy, regular sleep patterns, and even a clearer complexion. Also be sure to stay hydrated by investing in a reusable water bottle. We often forget to stay hydrated in the winter as we are not as parched by the hot summer sun. Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces each day to maintain optimal hydration.
Do not forget to organize. Be proactive and take advantage of the fresh start a new semester brings. Stay on top of all of your schoolwork in your new classes by getting a planner, color-coding your notebooks, or setting reminders on your calendar for important meetings, due dates, and even relaxation. Do what works best for you, but try to implement some type of system that will keep you on task and on time.
- Focus On You
Finally, remember to keep working on yourself. This is something to keep in mind throughout the entire semester. Constantly update your resume, explore internship or career options, and connect with professionals through a LinkedIn profile. It is important to track your growth and accomplishments throughout the whole semester. You should be continuously network building and forming new relationships with classmates, professors, and supervisors. It is important to maintain these contacts, as it is not just what you know but also who you know.
So as we come to a close on the second week of classes, it is officially time to buckle down and get to work. However, with these tips in mind, you will be well-prepared to take on the rest of the semester while maintaining your mental health. Remain optimistic as you embark on this new semester!