By Isabelle Shattuck
As fall term is almost over, reflecting back on the first six weeks of the term proves to show personal growth and accomplishment. These are a few of the takeaways that are common trends during the start of a school year.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
For many students returning to Eugene after three months of summer, it is easy to forget what it is like to be back on campus and with college friends every day. One of the biggest challenges that accompany the beginning of fall term is relearning how to manage your time back at school: figuring out how early we need to leave for classes, what clubs or organizations we want to join and learning what doesn’t work for our schedule. The takeaway from week one is trial and error, finding what works and what doesn’t work for our schedules.
Now that schedules are settled, it is time to find a routine while also adjusting to a new living situation. Developing an efficient routine is key to having a successful term. Finding the best time to sit down and do homework, hit the gym, get involved with extracurriculars, and socialize can be a daunting task. However, finding a routine that works for you - the week two takeaway - is an essential part of building a foundation for the rest of the term.
It’s week three; we’ve found our routine, we have our unofficial assigned seat in class, and we’re ready to cruise through the term! With syllabus week behind us, most students find themselves getting into the swing of things in each class. By week three, we should be setting goals - both in classes and in student groups. Week three’s takeaway is to outline the term and start off on the right foot with the first sets of exams or assignments.
Acing Those Midterms
Week four is often one of the most dreaded times of the term. Midterms cause a special kind of stress that constantly lurks in the back of our minds reminding us that these exams and assignments can make or break our grades. Sticking to strong study habits are the takeaway from week four. This is the time where it is easiest to turn a grade around and get back on track.
Reflecting and Re-evaluating
Week five sneaks up on all of us. As everyone is busy with class work, readings, exams, and quizzes, it takes a minute to realize that the term is halfway over. This week’s takeaway is to take a minute to stop and reflect on the first half of the term. This is a perfect time to check-in with yourself and look over those goals you made during week three. Are you on track? What do you need to do to finish out the rest of the term on a high note?
The end is near! As we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, classes all of a sudden become more challenging and assignment due dates rapidly approach. A takeaway from week six is to remember to take care of ourselves. It is easy to forget that our health is as important as making grades.
Good luck with the rest of your term! Remember, we’re all in this together.