With fall semester well underway, it’s easy to get sucked into the whirlwind of classes, functions and football games and next thing you know it’s holiday break. Now that you’ve adjusted to your class schedule and have a good idea of what the rest of this semester is going to take, it’s time to set some attainable milestones for yourself you can carry over into next semester. Things won’t always go as planned but the bigger picture can be extremely important for staying on track. Here’s a list of eight goals you should set for this semester:
1. Set a study schedule
This semester you are not going to procrastinate, right?! If you keep telling yourself this without taking real action, you’ll end up right back in panic mode when exam week rolls around. Figure out your most productive time of day or day of the week and actually pencil it in– maybe you work best after your first cup of coffee in the morning or maybe Sundays are your go to day to study. Take advantage of the private study rooms EPOCH Clemson offers. Getting used to this type of discipline now will only enhance your productivity in the real world.
2. Go to class
It can be so tempting to hit the snooze button and miss class for a day. Unfortunately for some it can become a really bad habit to break – especially Senior year. If you’re used to skipping at least one class a week, make it a goal to skip zero for a whole week and then reward yourself on the weekend. Not only are you missing out on important info, when you have multiple exams in one week and you’re having to teach yourself everything you missed, it can really be overwhelming. Save your days for when you’re sick or have real emergencies.
3. Join a club
One of the best ways to meet new people and become actively involved is to join a club or group on campus. It’s easy to fall into a routine of class, studying, home etc. and not make time for anything else. College has so much more to offer! There’s a club or group for pretty much every single interest out there, so find something you enjoy and take advantage of it before you blink and it’s graduation day.
4. Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is often the last thing college students prioritize. However, it’s extremely important to all aspects of being healthy. Getting enough sleep is pertinent to studying, keeping you from getting sick and even improving your mood. Of course there will be late nights and sometimes even all-nighters, but make a goal for yourself to get at least 6-8 hours on a normal night. Take actionable steps to make this happen – whether it’s getting into bed earlier, telling your roommates to keep it down etc.
5. Find a physical outlet
Set a goal to find a physical outlet for your stress. You’d be surprised how much it can truly give you mental clarity, not to mention the handful of other benefits. Whether it’s running/walking on your own, trying out the fitness classes at Fike you’ve always wanted to, hiking or even meditating – physical activity throughout the week will keep you happier, healthier and ready to tackle all of those exams. EPOCH Clemson has plenty of amenities to keep you physically active, so you don’t even have to leave the property.
6. Eat nutritious food
Food is your fuel and can significantly impact the way you feel through the day. Forbes explains, “Leaders see food as fuel to power their days. They eat foods that provide energy and stimulate mental performance, rather than foods that lead to a massive crash.” The better you fuel your body, the better you’ll be able to focus and ride-out those marathon study sessions. To start, make it your goal to eat a healthy, balanced meal at least once a day. Then work your way up to three meals a day. Of course late night pizza on the weekends at Todaro’s can be your exception.
7. Get a part-time job
In addition to providing much-needed spending money, a part-time job can really enhance your college experience. It will give you the opportunity to meet new people, network with other students, look good on your resume and potentially open doors for the future. It can be challenging if you have a tough course load, but if you find yourself with a lot of extra time to spare, make it your goal to explore your options for part-time work. Many employers understand the demands of college student’s schedules and will work with you as long you are honest and professional.
8. Meet with a career planning advisor
It’s never too early to start planning what you’re going to do after college. Career advisors can help you determine where to find internships as well as connect you with the right people. Even if you have no idea what you want to do, make it your goal this semester to at least have a conversation with someone who can help. These types of resources are at your fingertips at Clemson, so take full advantage while you can.