I hope that you’re settling into your new class schedule and the Boston winter weather. Now that syllabus week is over, assignments are becoming due and the date of that first exam is fast approaching. From simply committing to a weekly routine to planning for the rest of the term, starting off the semester right is sometimes easier said than done. That’s why this post is dedicated to methods of getting into good habits and setting yourself up for success during the Spring semester. Taking the time to implement even just a few of these ideas in first few weeks will be worthwhile; you’ll thank yourself at finals!
1. Plan a specific time to check your Suffolk email and Blackboard every day.
Getting in the habit of checking your email and Blackboard periodically is crucial to an organized semester. Professors often post important updates to the syllabus or assignments through Blackboard. Make sure you’re always looking at the newest version; the syllabus you printed out the first week may be out of date. If you set a time each day to do this on your phone or laptop, it will become second nature.
Reading is a homework assignment many students struggle to complete and often procrastinate on. You might rationalize that you know you should read, but it’s difficult to see the benefit when you’ve been staring at the same book for hours, struggling to retain information. However, in some classes, reading the textbook is crucial. Starting from the beginning of the semester, do your best to break up your reading load into doable amounts and highlight important info, with the purpose of the final exam in mind.
3. Update your resume from last semester.
Did you join a club or start an internship last semester? Add it to your resume. While your experience is fresh in your mind, write down what you’ve done and the skills you’ve gained. It’s much easier to keep your resume updated periodically than only when you need to submit an application.
4. Set goals.
Brainstorm goals you’ll be working toward during the semester. Think of something you’d like to accomplish during the term; it can be anything from researching grad schools, eating healthy, joining a club, or reconnecting with old friends. Write down your goals and take a look at them whenever you need a motivation boost.
Wishing you the best of luck and success in your Spring 2016 semester,
To wrap up Commuter Appreciation Week, here are some takeaways just for you - the ones who wake up early, endure morning rush hour on the T, trudge up hills and through wind tunnels for class, only to make it home long after the sun has set. Here’s to you, commuter! Below is a collection of tips and tricks to make your mornings a little more efficient and your days a little more commuter-friendly.
Some Things To Do Before Bed
Commuting can be an annoyance in the morning while you’re rushing to get to school, work, or extracurriculars. A good way to get some extra minutes for sleep or organization in the morning is a before-bed routine:
→ Straighten out your room.
Knowing your room is clean and everything is organized can help you relax and get a better night’s sleep.
According to the Chicago Tribune, LCD screens have actually been shown to prohibit the body’s production of melatonin (which makes you sleep!) Getting away from your phone even five minutes earlier before you go to sleep will help.
→ Pack up.
Get your schoolwork and supplies for the next day organized. This will save valuable time in the morning!
One of the toughest things about living off campus is not being able to run back to get that sweatshirt, snack, or assignment you forgot in your room! Here is a checklist of things to do before you walk out the door:
Here are a few more tips to making your life as a commuter as easy as possible:
→ Bring a granola bar/snack and water with you. You never know when your day will go longer than you planned, and staying hydrated will keep your energy up.
→ Have a to do list. This helps keep your tasks and responsibilities organized, and it feels good to check off a task when you’ve completed it!
→Carry an extra layer. New England weather, as well as the temperatures in classrooms, can be unpredictable, so be prepared!
→ Get the MBTA app. If you use the Commuter Rail or T this free app is great for checking schedules and buying tickets.
Last, balancing your school and home life while living off campus can be stressful, so remember to stay positive! Always leave home with a reason to smile and set small, accomplishable goals for each day. This blog is dedicated to just how important the commuter lifestyle is at Suffolk; hopefully these tips and tricks can help any student living off campus!
(Images via MBTA.com)