5 Ways to Start Your Semester Off Right

The start of a new semester is the perfect time to set priorities so you can begin the new school year on the right foot. Whether you’re a first-year student or you’re graduating in the spring, this time of year brings new opportunities for you to enjoy rewarding college experiences. No matter where you are in your college journey, here are some ways you can make this semester your best one yet.

Consider these five strategies to start your semester off right!

1. Make A List

Chances are, you have a number of goals that you’d like to accomplish. While many of these may relate to coursework, you might also have extra-curricular endeavors and personal goals you’d like to pursue, too. At the start of a new academic year, write out a list of things you’d like to accomplish. Look at it daily so that you stay on track. For the best outcome, try to set goals that are realistic and achievable yet still challenging enough to push you.

2. Create Your Calendar

Looking at a list of things you’d like to accomplish can be daunting. To make your goals seem more accessible, break them down into smaller, separate milestones. One simple way to do this is to spread them out over a calendar for the semester. Be specific, and treat each day as if you're a working professional by giving yourself deadlines. Not only will you stick to your plans for the semester, but you’ll also prepare yourself to enter the workforce after college. Be sure to pencil in some time away from your studies, too — you don't want to burn out by mid-terms.

3. Know Where & When Your Classes Are

Nothing is more frustrating than getting lost the first few days of classes. Don't start the semester off wrong by being late or totally missing class. In addition to causing stress, arriving late could make a bad first impression on your professors, too.  

Of course, it’s not just your class location that you’ll need to consider. You should also map out bus routes and estimate time of travel to and from classes to avoid being late and missing something important. Your commute is especially important if you live off campus in University of Alberta housing.

4. Double Check Your Syllabus

Your professor gave you a syllabus for a reason: it's your semester reference for that course. Make sure you have read it thoroughly. By taking the time to go through your syllabus with due diligence, you can avoid missing deadlines and any important specifics. Plus, if you have the time, you can also get a head start on many of the assignments.

5. Make the Most of Your Free Time

Many people consider college to be the best time of their lives. Yet, to graduate on time and avoid paying more in tuition, it’s important to focus on your studies and do your best to perform well in your courses. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some free time, too.

This semester, you might consider getting more involved on campus. Find opportunities for volunteer work or campus enrichment activities related to your coursework. Not only will you make the most of the semester, but you’ll also build up that resume to help with your future job prospects.