Ways to Survive Spring Semester

Ways to Survive Spring Semester

By now you’ve chosen your Spring semester class schedule and may realize that you’re in for a daunting amount of work. No? Well maybe it’s just me… If you have realized this, then you need a scheduled regimen each week for work, balanced out with a little unscheduled time to release that stress! Here’s what to do:

1. Start a calendar, agenda, notebook, or section on your phone to write everything down that you have due that week. Then there is absolutely no room for responses like “We had that due THIS week? I didn’t know.” This line doesn’t work in college, kids.
2. Get some sleep. I may be a hypocrite for saying this, but how great do you feel after a long nights slumber? When you’re tired in class, you aren’t helping boost your energy by nodding off, and you aren’t exactly boosting the confidence of your teacher either. Take a 20 minute nap during the day, or go exercise for a healthy boost in energy.
3. Have a clean work space. Starting a 10-page paper with last weeks pizza on the carpet is not the best environment for clear thinking. If this doesn’t bother you, think of how much it would bother your mother. Dust off your desk, open your window, and disinfect your living area. If this doesn’t sit well with you, or cleaning just isn’t your thing, at least go somewhere that is clean, like the library or a coffee shop downtown.
4. Go for a walk. Staring at a computer screen for 5 hours without a break can hurt your thinking process, and your eyes. Take a walk outside or go get a healthy snack and focus on things to get your mind off of the screen – It will help you not think about your hefty workload.
5. Find an outlet. Whether it be blasting music and dancing in your apartment with a roommate, doing yoga, going to an open mic or watching a stupid movie. Do something that doesn’t require a lot of thinking but involves a lot of fun.

I hope these tips send you off into your Spring semester with a clearer head and a better outlook on the work ahead!

Written by Mairead Dunphy, UNH Class of 2013.