Diving Into a New Semester: How to Utilize Your Clean Slate

We are now in the beginning weeks of a new semester and last semester is nothing but a distant memory. Any bad grades we received or mistakes that we’ve made have been replaced by a clean slate. This is our chance to start fresh. I know that starting fresh might be easier said than done, and that many of us might still be feeling down about the grades we received last semester, but don’t spend too much time dwelling on the past. You can reflect on it from time to time, but when you do so think about your past in a positive light. Always remember that the mistakes of yesterday won’t prevent you from making better choices today.

Remember that you are in control.

If you want to be better and do better this semester, you have to believe that you can do it. After all, you are in control of how well you do in your classes. You are the one who makes the decision to show up to class, to study for a test, or to do homework. All of those things are important if you want to get good grades. If you go into this semester thinking that it’s okay to skip class, or if you don’t take your schoolwork seriously, then that will ultimately hurt your overall performance in the course. To rock this semester, not only do you have to be dedicated, but you have to want to be dedicated. I keep using ‘you’ in sentences because, really, this is all about you. Sometimes it may feel like your professors are the ones making your life miserable, but you have more responsibility and control when it comes to the grades you receive than you might think.

Make adjustments.

The next step in rocking your semester is to make adjustments. If you partied too much last semester, dial back on partying. Instead of going out every weekend, go every other month, or don’t go at all. Having study parties is much better and more beneficial than actual parties. Don’t get me wrong. It’s okay to have a good time and go out with your friends, but only do so if you have all of your work done. If your studying habits are what you need to change, then search around for new methods of studying to see which one works better for you. There are many ways to make adjustments. Just begin to weed out the bad habits and replace them with ones that are more effective and will give you better results.

Get involved.

Lastly, make sure you get involved. College doesn’t have to be all about homework and partying on the weekends. You get more out of your time in college when you make room for extracurricular activities. Not only will they enhance your semester but they will teach you valuable skills that will help you come out on top. Many of us are probably already apart of a few clubs and organizations, but for those of us who aren’t, try it out! Being involved has helped me become better at time management, which is something I have always struggled with. Having other priorities can really help put things into perspective, so figure out what those priorities mean to you. Having a great semester doesn’t always have to mean getting good grades. Sometimes being part of something bigger than yourself and making friends with people who share the same interests can make a huge difference in the way that you look at college.

A lot of people dread coming to school. I’ll be honest – sometimes I wish I didn’t have to go to class. But then I remind myself that I am my only enemy. You are your only enemy. No one can stop you from rocking your semester other than yourself. Sure there are outside forces that have to be taken into consideration but, for the most part, it’s all about you and your willingness to change for the better. Once you have more confidence and stop letting your past define your present, your future will start to look whole lot brighter and each semester after this will continue to get better and better.

Just like anything in life, improvement takes practice. Feeling confident and believing in yourself after a bad semester (however you want to define it) isn’t always a walk in the park. Believe me, I know. But if you work at it, you’ll begin to see positive changes. Both in who are as a person and who are as a student.

Good luck everyone! #SeizeYourYouth!

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