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Senior Tips on How to Start Your Semester!

As a second-semester Senior, I’ve experienced the beginning of 7 college semesters! I’ve studied abroad, done four internships, and changed the decor in my room numerous times. Along with new classes, activities and jobs each semester can be different from the previous.

Sometimes it’s a class that just makes every week drag along. Other times, you’ll love each class and your day is always enjoyable. No matter what you take part in, there will be stressful times in your semester, but often times it’s those stressful parts teach you the most! So, here are some tips to prepare for the semester from a senior who is trying to make this last semester her best.


1.) Invision your perfect semester

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Before you head back to school, think about what classes you’re taking or what jobs you’ll be working. Make sure to check what books you need so that you can be prepared for your first day of class reading. You don’t want to buy an expensive book from the bookstore in desperation of a deadline. Think about what you need to be successful in all your classes and activities. Do you have enough notebooks and pens? Make that Target trip before you even get to school! Make sure you know exactly what you want to make it your perfect semester!


2.) Create your Master Gameplan!

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Although you made your class schedule months ago, what else do you have going on? Make sure you know how much time it will take you to get from class to work, or from class to class so that you aren’t feeling overwhelmed about getting places on time. Working an internship, taking on a full course-load and working a job is a lot. Do a test run from your internship or job back to school so you know how long the commute will be. My best tip is to create a layout of your entire schedule to understand how busy or laid back each day of the week will be. I’m sure there will be a specific day of your week which never ends, so make sure you try to push some of your other commitments to other days of the week.


3.) Set some goals!

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You’ve heard it from every teacher since Kindergarten, but it’s true. What do you want from this semester? Do you want to raise your GPA? Then, make sure you’re doing all the readings and meeting with your professors from the beginning of the semester. Are you trying to get a specific internship or club position? Plan time into your schedule dedicated to editing your resume, or spending time with that club on campus. If you set goals and don’t achieve them, you will know what to focus on next semester.

Make the most of your semester. You’re going to college to grow and be successful in the future. This isn’t the time to sit back and wait for other people to hand you success. Make sure that you are prepared and knowledgeable of what is waiting for you this semester. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out how you want, but that’s okay. There are plenty of other opportunities out there! Maybe not reaching your goals will lead you to a different, better success. So do your best to make the most out of this semester, and stay true to your young, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind self! 


Ashley is a senior studying English Communications and Media Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. Currently, she acts as the President and Co-Campus Correspondent for the Her Campus Emmanuel chapter. In the past, she acted as the Public Relations Director for the 2017-2018 year. She loves all things PR and in her spare time enjoys watching cute ads on Youtube.
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