Survival of the fittest: a guide to second semester

Survival of the Fittest
Winter session has come to an end—but your sanity doesn’t have to!


It’s that time of year again—the time when we dread setting our alarms for 8 a.m. classes and reluctantly nix that extra hour on Netflix if we have an exam the next day. Here are a few tips to help you kick off the second semester:

1. Outsmart the snooze button
If you have an early class, strategically place your alarm clock as far away from your bed as possible. You won’t be able to continuously hit the snooze button, and you’ll start to wake up on your walk across the room.

2. Load up on liquid adrenaline
Most of us need that cupful of energy in order to properly function—but instead of spending four dollars on a latte, order an Americano with your favorite flavored syrup and pour in some of the coffee shop’s complimentary milk or cream. You’ll cut the cost by a few bucks, but the espresso will give you the boost you crave!

3. Don’t underestimate first impressions
Start the semester off by addressing your professors by their full names. (And don’t be afraid to introduce yourself!) You’ll feel so much more comfortable approaching them going forward, and they’ll appreciate a “Hi, Professor Smith!” greeting more than an awkward “Hi …”

4. Meet your not-so-new best friend
Planners are (or should be) a college student’s bible. Dig yours out from under your bed and start using it again. We can all admit to a time that we forgot about a quiz or project simply because we neglected to write it down. Sit down with all your new syllabi this week and record all of the listed due dates—you’ll thank yourself come midterms.

5. Set aside “you” time
We all need “me” time to stay sane during the semester. Pencil a few designated hours into your day to take a nap, catch up with a friend or treat yourself to your favorite meal on Main Street. Breaks = less stress = happier you.

6. *Insert motivational music here*
Instead of having a mental breakdown in bed, grab a buddy and take your stress to the gym. You’ll get a kick of endorphins and burn off some of those NDB breakfast sandwiches at the same time. All in all, it’s a win-win.

7. Start counting sheep
Although an occasional all-nighter is sometimes unavoidable, sleep is crucial to staying healthy—and it’s what gives you the energy to make it through those labs and hundred-page readings! Set a specific time to go to bed every night and reward your self-discipline the following morning with a nice breakfast.

8. Carpe Diem
If your first class of the day starts at 2 p.m., don’t snooze until 1:45 p.m. Get up early (see number 2) and make good use of your time. The more efficient you are before class, the more you can relax that evening!

Here’s to a semester of microwave mac-and-cheese-stained notes!

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