Start Spring Semester with a Bang

Brianna Quarterman

For college students, winter break is a time we look forward to at the end of the semester. A month without projects, tests, or professors. Hanging out with friends until the wee hours of the morning, sleeping in late, and then waking up the next day to do it all over again. And who can forget the amazing home cooked meals?
Sadly, four weeks later, it all must come to an end as you begin to prep yourself for the new semester ahead. And even though going back to school after break can be quite the adjustment, if done right, it doesn’t have to be a huge meltdown.
Luckily, for you, I have provided tips to assist you with your trek back to the classroom.

Sound the Alarm

Okay so it’s pretty safe to say that the first week you’ll have the urge to constantly hit the snooze button on your alarm clock.
But everyone knows going to class is pretty crucial so you may want to prepare yourself and set several alarms to avoid oversleeping this semester.


Get excited! Get together with a few of your close friends for lunch and make a list of goals to accomplish for the new semester. Come up with different strategies to make those goals a reality.


Buy smarter and skip the lines at the University Store and Gray’s. You can save money by ordering books online from Amazon; they even offer two-day shipping for students so you get your books fast. You can also rent textbooks online and read them on Kindle and Nook apps on your phone, laptop, or tablet.


Everyone knows when students come back from break, the stores are beyond packed, and it’s basically pointless trying to find anything within the rush. Instead, you may want to opt to do your shopping late at night when the crowds are gone or try going to stores off the beaten path.

Take it Easy

And lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself if you get off to a rocky start. It takes time. Starting the new semester off with a relaxed state of mind is the best way to succeed.  After a few days, you’ll get right back into the swing of things in no time.