Setting yourself up for success is easier said than done. The importance of preparing yourself to be successful is tremendous, so your semester runs as smoothly as possible. So, before you become too overwhelmed and way too busy to even consider this advice, here are a few tips and tricks to get you through this spring whether you are graduating senior or new student at the ‘Ville:
Figure out a schedule: Whether that is early mornings or late nights, it does not matter. Just whatever works best for you and your class/work schedule. Even if this differs from day to day, that is not important. As long as time is being scheduled for homework, employment, classes, and whatever else is important to you and your daily routine, that is all that matters. This leaves no time for debate in your mind when you are going complete an assignment or squeeze the gym into your day.
Consistency is key: You have heard it a million times before and here it is again. Now that you have a schedule in place for the semester, keep up with it. Everyone has their days. It is ok to take a random Tuesday to yourself just because you need it. But excuses will not earn you a college degree. If you stay consistent with your schedule, I promise you will be more successful in life.
Get out: Whether that is out of your room, building, or campus, just get out. It is nice to have a change of scenery and some flavor in your routine. If you are in a rut or are having trouble staying consistent, this may be just what you need to get motivated. Try the library or a building that you have never had classes in before. Campus is way bigger than it may seem. If you have a car, venture into Lancaster. There are so many hidden gems, such as coffee shops, perfect for a study day.
Use your resources: We pay a lot of money for the college experience and to earn a degree. Many useful places on campus fly under our radar because we simply never venture out of our residence hall rooms or out of our academic major’s building. Go to the library and visit every floor. Go to a building that you never have classes in and explore every nook and cranny to find something new. You might just find your new favorite study spot or even a campus service you did not know existed.
Have fun: We are obviously all here for an education, but we are also here to make memories. Do not forget that. It is easy to get wrapped up in academics, work, and priorities at this stage in life. Suddenly, your first week at college turns into your first week of your last semester, and that is one of the scariest realizations. As proud as I am, personally, for getting myself through almost four years of college, I am most proud of the memories I have made. It is the friends, late nights, laughs, and happiness I have experienced I smile back on when reminiscing about my time here at Millersville University. If there is one thing you take from this entire post, let it be that!
Good luck to everyone this spring semester! May we receive more sunshine and warmth in these next few weeks. And to my fellow graduating seniors, enjoy this time we will never get back. It is bittersweet for sure, but so much success lies ahead!
Gabrielle Krick is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Management and minor in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include human resources, social media marketing, and content marketing. When she graduates in May 2023, Gabby hopes to work for a large company’s human resources department, specifically representing minorities and the LGBTQ community. She hopes to either stay in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area or move somewhere near Rehoboth, Delaware.
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