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5 Helpful Tips for the New School Year

The beginning of a new school year means a chance to start off fresh. This is the best time to redeem yourself from last year’s mistakes by making positive changes in your life for the upcoming year. 

1. Get organized


First, start by keeping all your work in order. Incorporate a planner into your life to help write down reminders and schedule your appointments. Also keep separate binders or folders for different classes. You can use colored pens and sticky notes to make note-taking more fun. Keeping your school work cute and organized will make the year seem less hectic when everything is where it should be.

2. Get involved


Try to add on a new extracurricular activity into your routine such as joining a new club, working for an internship, or playing a sport. College is more enjoyable when you are actively involved. Not only will these extracurriculars help you gain more experience and build your resume, but they also provide new opportunities to make friends and connections.

3. Stay healthy

It’s good to make time for sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet. Everyone is guilty of cutting corners in this department, but staying healthy is so important, especially for a college student. School is too expensive for us to be missing class, and we can’t afford to take sick days. Your personal health is top priority. Develop a consistent routine that allows you to have a regular time for studying, sleeping, eating, and going to class.

 

4. Improve your study habits

Sitting in front of the T.V. or in a loud room with your friends may not be the most effective method of studying. Find a nice spot on campus, in the library, or even in your own home where you can comfortably get work done without any distractions. Set aside regular hours specifically for studying so that it will be easier to stay on schedule with your courses.

5. Reward yourself

School can be overwhelming so it’s okay to reward yourself for all your hard work. Whether that’s an episode of your favorite Netflix show, a new pair of shoes, your favorite snack, or a well-deserved nap, treat yourself to something special to avoid feeling overly exhausted.

Neena Pesqueda is a third year Literary Journalism and Film and Media Studies double major at the University of California, Irvine. She is a member of the Film Arts Drama Alliance where she works alongside other students to create short films. She also teaches her own section to first year Undecided/ Undeclared students during the fall and winter as a University Studies 1 Discussion Leader. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley and spends her free time reading, writing, and binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.   
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