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

The dog ate your homework excuse doesn’t work anymore

Having a difficult time managing homework? Can’t seem to fit it into your busy schedule? The solution to questions like these can be found with the program Gradefix which generates a homework schedule for you.

 

 “GradeFix is the world’s most advanced homework planner. You enter how much time you have and what you need to do and GradeFix will automatically optimize your homework schedule.”

 

Keeping to a schedule like this could help to boost grades and allow for more free-time.

-Frangelica

Being a college student does not have to be a 24/7 job

Happy go lucky college student

This link, http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/3/28/how-to-have-hobbies-in-college.html, offers advice on how to survive college while still having a life. Between attending class and doing homework for class it sometimes seems like there is no “me” time or a time to hang out and enjoy what you love to do the most. This blog post written by a college student (so you know he isn’t fooling you!) voices his opinion on how to maintain your two different lives: your student life (class.homework.class.repeat) and your fun self (the self that gets to read a book for fun or go sailing).

 Because college has no defined work/not work boundaries, it is incredibly easy to just work all the time and completely lose any ability to do things that are not assigned to you. This isn’t healthy. Side projects and hobbies (for example, this site) are the sorts of things that not only get you noticed from a pack of job applicants post-graduation, but which make you a non-boring, fully-functional human being.

 This list might make you realize just how much you missed “me” time and how little you get if you don’t prioritize!

-Frangelica