Saturday, December 15

Thrive, not merely survive, this new semester

By DOMINIQUE NATHANIELLE M. MULI

AUGUST RAINS come with the wafting scent of a new semester. Artlet, you better be up on your toes in anticipation of all that’s in store this new academic year! Hardships may be constants in your life by now, but it’s never too late to grab the chance to go further. Here’s how you can thrive this semester and ace college life in general:

  1. Always be ready to adapt to changes

University life is like walking around blindfolded: you are never completely ready for the obstacles you might encounter. But fear not, because you have the power to adapt to any situation. While no one can master this ability in a snap, remember to be flexible in whatever circumstance your program puts you in.

One effective way to achieve this is to list down the habits and routines you would need to alter to meet the new semester’s demands. For example, if you used to binge watch four hours a day during summer, you should now split your time accordingly to stay productive.

  1. Take care of yourself

Always remember to take a breather. How could you survive a semester without self-care?

In college, burnouts are inevitable, so you need to take care of yourself. You should condition yourself before diving into the storm that is school work and also reward yourself once in a while for completing tasks. Go eat your favorite dessert or read a book; chances are, you will also learn how to be happy independently.

  1. Aim for growth

Pushing yourself to step out of your comfort zone is healthy if it will help you grow. Strive to be more fearless for the sake of exploration and self-growth and look at every experience as a win-win situation. You failed? You learn a new lesson to keep in mind. You succeeded? You gain the satisfaction of achieving what you aimed for. The promise of stepping out of your comfort zone is that you will see how far you have come and how much farther and higher you can go.

  1. Create new bonds and memories

Friends come and go, professors will either leave a mark or no trace at all, and academics—when they become too stressful to handle—have the tendency to become the bane of a student’s existence. These are some reasons why you should join an organization.

Students who are part of organizations are able to build their confidence, communicate better, and widen their connections. Pick an organization that fits your hobby; it will not only serve as your outlet, but also as your diversion if you want a break from the stress of studying. You could even gain a new family.

Indeed, every semester is always full of never-ending tasks and interactions with different people. Make sure to enjoy your university experience by juggling your social life, extracurricular activities, family time, and of course, academics—the reason you went to university in the first place. F

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