- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 14 September 2016
- Written by JULIA BURKE | STAFF WRITER
As the summer heat continues to fade with each passing day, we begin to feel a sense of bitterness knowing that our carefree days spent in the sun have come to an end. Working at your summer job or spending long days at the beach are over, and it is time to go back to school. You will now welcome back the return of all-nighters, countless syllabi, and regimented schedule. This time, though, it’s a new year and a fresh start. You have different classes and professors, you will make new or more friends, and maybe even a new roommate or major. It’s a clean slate and there are so many opportunities ahead of you, and it is imperative that you start the new school year with a positive outlook.
Jess Pinelli, a senior communications student said, “I’m really excited to start my senior year. I’ve come to learn over the past few years that your attitude towards everything has a big impact on the way things turn out for you. That’s why I always try to start off the school year with a positive attitude and high en-ergy.”
A new year means a new chance to succeed in your classes and get good grades. Walk into your classes motivated to excel and put in your best efforts.
Geralyn Hyland an adjunct nutrition specialist professor shared some guidance for students, “If you feel stressed during the school year, just breathe. Understand you’re not alone and come into class willing to ask questions and succeed.”
Starting the beginning of the year with a positive mindset will assist you in achieving your academic goals. Also, en-sure that you are prepared for your classes with supplies and any textbooks that you are supposed to order- you don’t know how early professors will begin to assign homework using those materials.
In order to have a beneficial year finding a balance between school work, and your social life is vital. It will be excit-ing to reunite with all of the friends that you made the previous year, but remember to also be open to meeting new people. Ask your fellow classmates to grab food with you at the dining hall, or even form a study group. Also, if you ever miss class and need someone to send you the notes, they might be able to get you caught up.
Another part of social life is staying involved in clubs and activities. Whether you are in a sorority, club, or on a sports team put all of your heart into it. You have a fresh start in these activities as well, and a new opportunity to pre-vail in whatever it is that you do on campus.
When asked about his thoughts on how to have an optimistic mindset for the new school year, junior economics student, John Cooney, shared his outlook, “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” In every aspect of your life you should always works towards materializing your dreams into reality.
There is so much to accomplish and look forward to this new school year. It all starts with you and your mentality. Beginning this year with a positive mindset could quite possibly make it one of the most memorable and productive years of your college career.
PHOTO COURTESY of Amanda Drennan