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How To Prepare For A New Semester

Here are a few tips that will keep you prepared for a forthcoming semester / session in school. 

Pay Off Your Debts – You don’t want to start a new session bothered about how much debts your records are piling up, use the holiday to work and get enough cash to clear your debts, makes you more relaxed when resuming. 

Take Care of Textbook Duties Early – There’s nothing worse than showing up to the first week of a class that turns out to absolutely require the textbook – and not have it yet.

That’s why you should take steps now to get your textbook duties taken care of now – before you have to show up to class. 

Create Your Own Impossible List –

New Year’s resolutions are great and all, but what about the big picture? What are the crazy, amazing things you want to do with your life? Do you know? If you do – are you committed to them?


If you haven’t yet, now is the time to create your own Impossible List. This is like a bucket list, but is filled with things you will I actively work towards doing. It’s not just a list of things you wish to do.

Define some goals for your life that you can start working on now. Unlike a bucket list, your Impossible List will evolve, grow, and become part of your life story. It’s not just a list of things to check off. It’s something to grow with.

Start building yourself for the future


If you haven’t started thinking about where you want to be after you graduate – and how you’re going to market yourself to get there – right now is the time to start.

Here’s the news: your degree isn’t going to get you a job on its own. Well, maybe it will – but odds are it won’t be the one you want. There are thousands and thousands of students graduating every year with the same degree you have, so you have to do something more to set yourself apart.

Building a personal brand means getting your name out there, and it also means making it clear that you’re an expert in your field. You want people to know who you are, what you’re good at, and what you want to do. 


Deliberately Start Growing Up

This point may offend some of you, and to those of you that do take offense, I apologize. I also say grow up.

There are far too many college students who are still complete children. By this, I mean they let too much of their lives be run by their parents.

I understand that a lot of students need help from parents to pay for college. That’s completely fine – the transition to independence can never be instantaneous. However, I know too many people who are far more dependent than they should be. Their parents still call them and hassle them about their grades, when they should be caring about them all on their own. They don’t have their own bank account. They are, for all intents and purposes, still naive kids.

They need to grow up.

If you have free time during the break, then you can step into the new year like a grown man (or woman).

Start Taking Your Health Seriously

You’re never going to be any younger than you are right now, and as you age, you won’t be able to get away with living an unhealthy lifestyle as easily as you could before. Now is the time to start taking your health seriously.

  • Pay more attention to your nutrition. Making food may seem like a pain in the ass and a waste of time, but you’re giving yourself more time overall by making the good stuff.
  • Move more. If you think about it, most of us don’t move much at all – we sit in class, we sit on the bus, we sit at home. In college, we have to walk to classes a lot – but you should be building more moving habits on top of that. You’ll need them when you graduate and no longer have to do all that walking.
  • Try to get a good amount of sleep. If homework is taking over your sleep time, learn to do it more efficiently by cutting out distractions. 
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