Fourteen Ways to Stay Calm When You’re Starting School

Fourteen Ways to Stay Calm When You’re Starting School
1. Breathe. Look around and enjoy where you are right this minute. -Tracy Mendham, Coordinator of Learning Assistance, Center for Academic Excellence
2. Choose just a few important activities your first year. Don’t take on too much at once or overextend yourself. Kirsti Bogaard, Graduate Assistant, Fitzwater Center
3. Don’t worry about not knowing anyone – neither does anyone else. -Jeff Ogden, Coordinator of Student Accessibility Services, Center for Academic Excellence
4. Don’t be quick to follow the crowd. Choose your own path. –Doug Carty, Director, Campus Recreation
5. Find out who your academic advisor is and when you should talk to them. -Terri Downing, Coordinator of Advising, Director, Center for Academic Excellence
6. Get enough sleep. Jill Wixom, Circulation Manager, DiPietro Library
7. Get into a schedule or routine so you don’t get overwhelmed. You may want to continue your high school schedule in college. –Brittany Nyzio, Graduate Assistant, Fitzwater Center
8. Get off Facebook and do your work! -Patti Vorfeld, Coordinator of Academic Support Programs, Center for Academic Excellence
9. Go to a quiet place like the Spiritual Life Center, walk the campus trails, sit by the water, connect with trusted people. Bill Beardslee, Associate Director for Student Involvement and Spiritual Life
10. Lay on the grass in a quiet place and feel the sun and the breeze and just listen to the birds. -Rebecca Weidner, Administrative Assistant, Center for Academic Excellence
11. Make your room a more comfortable place to work and relax—a good light, good chair, nice art and plants. –Ross McKinley, Student Manager, Center for Academic Excellence
12. Save everything to the cloud. Skydrive is your new best friend. Stephanie Loiselle, Library Assistant, DiPietro Library
13. Stay organized. Be prepared. -Maureen Baptiste, Language Skills Specialist, Center for Academic Excellence
14. Use a planner for your homework, upcoming tests and projects, school events, work schedule, and vacation times. You’ll never forget a thing! -Meagan Shackelford, Tutor, Student Manager, Center for Academic Excellence