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Volume 92 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

The Guide to a Successful Semester

Guide Successful SemesterEvery college student knows the beginning of the fall semester is filled with chaos and stress—stress from realizing your savings account plummeted from buying textbooks and anxiety concerning your future academic performance, constantly fills your mind.

 The first week back on campus all students are in the same boat, struggling to stay awake at 8 a.m. classes with coffee as their only vice. With homework piling up and never ending to-do-lists, it’s easy to forget responsibilities and run back to our beach chairs. 

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Once the time comes to head back to college, the transition becomes easier as the semester progresses.

Whether you are a freshman in college or a senior, you have been mastering your back-to-school routine since kindergarten. Of course, as we get older our routines change and in college there are precautionary measures you can take to help your semester run smoothly. 

One important, yet often overlooked, act of preparation you can take to alleviate stress during the first week of classes is to buy your textbooks in advance. Buying your textbooks in advance not only leaves you prepared for the first day of class, but can help you budget your remaining funds for the rest of the fall semester.  

Once you have your books taken care of it is important to start planning out your assignments, classes, and work schedule.

Caitlin Clarke, a junior english secondary education student, suggests purchasing a planner. “Combine all of your assignments from your syllabus onto a master planner and budget your time so you aren’t stressed,” said Clarke. 

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