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Starting a semester off strong can impact how the rest of the semester will go. As the semester goes on, it’s important to stay on top of your work while also prioritizing your mental health, which can be a hard thing to balance. But here are some tips that can help make this semester yours:

Make friends

Although it’s hard to put yourself out there, making friends in your classes can help relieve stress and anxiety about your classes. Knowing that you’re not alone and that you have people to talk to can go a long way. Also, if you happen to miss a class, you can always ask them for what you missed. It’s easier said then done, but introduce yourself or complimenting them can easily start a conversation. Another way to make friends is getting involved in your school’s activities.

Stay Organized

Staying organized allows you not only to have more time but to also not be as stressed. For example, using a calendar or a planner can help out a lot. Some good digital calendars or planners are Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Friday, or MyDailyPlanners. Keeping a to-do list is also helpful to ensure you don’t fall behind on assignments.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

I know asking for help can be a nerve wrecking thing to do, whether it’s asking a professor, a classmate, a counselor, or even a friend. Professors want to see you succeed, so ask questions or go to their office hours for help. Asking a classmate for help can not only help you in the class, but it could also end in a new friendship; so don’t be afraid to ask. Most colleges and universities offer free counseling for their students. Taking advantage of this can help so much through the semester, especially when it gets tough.

Prioritize yourself

Getting caught up in school work and in life can cause you to forget about your own well-being. Don’t be afraid to take time away from everything to focus on yourself. For example make sure you set time in your week to have a self care night for yourself or do something that relaxes you. If you constantly stay busy or overwork yourself without taking time for your well-being, you will burn out quickly.

Just a reminder that you got this and to keep pushing for your goals!

love, HXCO

Emily Harmon

Valdosta '25

Hey, my name is Emily Harmon. I’m currently a freshman at Valdosta State University, and I am majoring in Early Education. I am from a small town in Georgia, but I have moved around a lot due to being in a military family. I love plants, traveling, hanging out with friends, reading, and writing. As a young queer woman, I want to inspire and encourage others to learn to love themselves and to be who they are.
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