4 Things You Can Do to Make This Year at College Better Than Last Year

With the school year in full swing, it’s not uncommon for students to already feel a little overwhelmed or intimidated by their workload for the semester. From a part-time job, to extracurricular activities, to finding time to hang out with friends, you’ve got a lot to juggle–and that’s on top of a full-time class schedule! Even if you are still trying to find your footing, there’s no reason you can’t take control and create a system that works better for you. Imagine a schedule where you feel more rested, more confident, and better prepared for each school day.

Sounds pretty great, right? As the saying goes, “there’s no time like the present.” Try making these 4 changes in your routine and this school year is guaranteed to be better than the last one. Go ahead–you’ve got nothing to lose!

1)  Work out at least twice a week.

Most schools have a well-equipped gym available for students to use free of charge. This is a luxury you should take full advantage of! Mix up your workout to include both cardio and weight lifting. If you’re new to the gym scene, ask a staff member for some guidance, or watch a few videos online to learn how to use a different machine each week. Working out will not only help you fight any potential weight gain, but it will also give you increased energy.

2)  Venture off campus.

No matter how beautiful your campus is, make a point of venturing beyond your school’s borders at least once a week. Visit a local museum or hit up a seasonal arts festival; even taking a walk around the mall can make for a good excursion. Your brain needs stimulation beyond your typical daily surroundings, and an off-campus outing will re-energize you and open your mind to new experiences.

3)  Join a student club.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to spend time and collaborate with others who share an interest or major with you. Student clubs provide a forum for pursuing your passion, learning more about your academic field or the job opportunities that exist within it, and making new friends–plus it’s a great resume addition to boot!

4)  Get a tutor.

Tutoring has taken off in recent years–and with good reason. Students know that every grade on their transcript matters, and they’re also looking for a way to lower stress. If you struggle with a class, or even do well but are unhappy with a less-than-perfect grade, hiring a tutor can help you turn the situation around. Tutors are available in all subject areas, from English 101 to Advanced Algebra, and just about anything else you can imagine. Consider hiring a tutor to learn better study techniques, to master a particularly difficult subject, to pass a class, or to get academic support in general.

One of the most important things you can do as a student is take control of your college experience. Remind yourself that you are empowered to make each semester better than the last. Work to make little changes (like the ideas above) to feel healthier, happier, more productive, and all-around better as you grow and learn in this unforgettable time in your life. Be proactive, stay positive, and you will go far!

Dusty Fox is a full-time world traveler and freelance writer who contributes to the Ivy Trainers network. Visit the Ivy Trainers website to learn more about the services they offer.

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