Staff’s top 5 tips for new semester

Taylor Stockton: If you’re like me, you are a student who is going from working full-time in the summer to going to school full-time in the fall.

The transition is never easy, especially when you see the effect it has on your bank account.

This is (thankfully) my last fall semester at SVSU, and I am going to take the next 59 words to impart some wisdom I’ve learned during my time here.

The best way to deal with a new semester is to take time for yourself. Do one thing every day that makes you happy, whether it is going for a walk, talking to a friend on the phone or eating a quart of ice cream.

Shia Labeouf said it best: “Just do it.”

You’ll feel better if you do.

Melissa Vennix: I cope with the new school year by getting organized. I order my books a few weeks before the semester starts so that I don’t have to worry about not getting my books in time for classes. I also restock any supplies I need and label my folders.

By having my folders and binders set up and writing important dates in my planner, I feel more prepared and less stressed.

Trying to get everything you need settled about a week in advance helps you to relax and enjoy the weekend before school starts.

Going into the school year prepared makes me feel like I have my life together… at least until the projects start rolling in.

Abby Welsh: Summer has come to an end, and even though it’s a bummer, the start of the fall semester is just as exciting. Yet, it is a big change from having a stress-free four months back at home.

My favorite coping mechanism for this big change is purchasing a planner. Very simple and very affordable.

It seems silly, but you’ll thank me later when you’re trying to fit in naps with grocery store trips and finishing homework.

I bought one last school year thinking I wouldn’t touch it, but I ended up taking it with me everywhere and writing down every little thing.

So, if you haven’t purchased a planner yet, go out and do yourself a favor.

Sierra Masson: Freshman year, I discovered that my biggest struggle was my desire to watch Netflix for 15 hours and prolong homework and chores.

I created what I like to call ‘productive procrastination.’

I’d watch half an hour of Netflix, then spend 30 minutes cleaning my dorm room and grabbing something to eat. I’d then spend another half hour on entertainment to clear my mind and get ready to jump into my work for an hour.

This cycle helped me stay organized and get the best quality of work accomplished both in my studies and in my dorm life.

Hannah Beach: My preferred method of coping with the new semester is to pretend it doesn’t exist.

Some people call this denial and procrastination, but I see it as delaying the stress.

Dreading new classes? Wait until the last minute to empty out last semester’s binders. Loathe packing? Don’t pack anything whatsoever until the day before you move back to campus.

That’s right, screw yourself over by ignoring everything right now and leave it for later. I love it.

If you haven’t picked up on it, this is a prime example of what you should not do.

Skip over the denial step and get organized.

Once I come to my senses, I like to set myself up for success … or at least set myself up to stay on top of things for a short while before I ultimately succumb to procrastination again. This entails having plenty of paper in my binders, lots of office supplies on my desk and a half-hearted ‘we got this’ attitude.

This isn’t a great start to the semester, but I find it greatly preferable to being stressed out for several weeks beforehand.

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