Sage Sarah: New Semester

Hey there! Welcome to the new semester! I'm back with some more questionably effective advice on how to survive the first few weeks of a new semester. Fair warning, these are ways that I keep up so they may not work for everyone. If anyone has any tips additional tips, feel free to share!

  • Go To Class

    Sure, this seems obvious, but seeing as it was only me and my teacher in one of my classes this morning I figured I should add it. As you probably know, first two weeks are mandatory, so go to your classes. The best way to keep up with what's going on is to actually go to the place where they're telling you what's going on. Classes are like those people handing out pamphlets on the street. Hey, you may not need the information but you'll never know about the free tacos down the street if you don't take it.

  • Get Back Into the Groove
    It's not easy falling back into your work routine after a break. I know the motivation is low after all the suffering of first semester finals. Believe me, I get it. After my geometry final all I wanted to do was lay on the floor while my brain fell out of my ear. To counteract this I like to ease back into homework. Work a little bit ahead if you're feeling up to it. Do the subjects you're most interested in first. For me that's my electives. I find if I'm more interested in the topic, the easier it is to stay focused and motivated. I usually save things like math or chemistry for last. However, it can also help to get the ones you're least excited for out of the way. For me, it depends on the length of the assignment.

  • Keep Up

    I can't stress enough how important staying on track is in the first few weeks. Falling behind early on only encourages falling further behind later. Stick with it in the beginning and your motivation will get better as you go. Depending on your class number, work is usually relatively light in the first week or so. If an assignment is a little late, it isn't the end of the world. That's such an important point! I used to get so stressed about handing things in earlier and panicking when something was late. Homework isn't a race, the world won't stop spinning if you miss something. As long as you get it done as soon as you can, you'll be fine. Remember a late assignment isn't worth your overall health. Take care of yourself first.

  • Don't Burn Out

    Burnout is real. Generally it means that you work yourself to the breaking point. Doing too much too fast can very easily lead to this. Some people like to work ahead in the beginning, and that's all good. However, it can very easily turn bad if you aren't equip to the amount of work you are doing. I have seen so many people do this to themselves. Being a student isn't easy. No matter what people say, school is stressful and we get overwhelmed. Make sure to give yourself time and space to breath between assignments and classes. Personally, I have hobbies outside of school that I always make time for. Even just stepping outside or taking a short break can be the difference between burnout and motivation. Go ahead, work ahead but always be sure to stop to assess how you are doing. If you're tired, nap. Hungry? Snack. Frustrated? Take a breather and come back to it.

That's all I have for you now! This was a bit more on the serious side, but sometimes that just happens. I can't always be a beacon of sarcasm. Anyway, go have a snack. You deserve it. And go to class, do you people know how weird it is to be in a class that's just you and the teacher. Teachers are great but I wasn't prepared for a one on one. Until the next, this has been Mildly Entertaining Advice.