Freshmen: 5 Ways to Overcome the Second Semester Slump

By: McKenzie

First semester went great, or at least as well as it could have gone. Fueled by excitement and ramen you conquered those first few months of college. You may not have gotten the best grades, made the best friends, or done your ultimate best, but at least you made it. However, now you’re stuck. The second semester slump is here and while anyone one who is a sophomore and above has trekked this mountain it’s your first time and you’re not ready. Luckily, we’re here to help you reach the peak of motivation mountain.

Get involved
It may seem counter-intuitive to get up and get out there since rolling out of bed is already hard enough, but it’s time to find the right people and follow your passions. Regardless of the school you attend, there are plenty of clubs, organizations, and student groups. Exploring your interests will keep you up and moving through the semester. Plus, getting involved is great for your resume!

Relax
It’s essential to rest and stop stressing super hard, so this semester you need to find a healthy balance between work and play. Find time during each day to take care of yourself. Self-care is super important and will help keep you moving along through the semester. Find the things that help you relax, but also don’t stray too far from your studies since those are still important.

Mind your habits
First semester may have been tough on your GPA, and more importantly your mental health, so it’s time to pick up some healthy habits. Exercising regularly, eating better, and studying are great habits to develop. You will not only feel better, but you’ll begin solidifying a routine and a routine gives you something to look forward to every day. (our Productivity & Wellness posts)

Meet your professors
During your first semester you probably got by without ever getting to know your professors since in large lectures they don’t often have time to get to know you. However, getting to know your professors will save you from struggling later on. Take advantage of their office hours. Teachers who know you will by nature hold you more accountable, but will also be more open to understanding why you missed their class that one (or four) times.

Temporary dissatisfaction leads to lifelong satisfaction
While your good ol’ buddy Tim may be lots of fun, he may also not be the best influence. There is a time and a place for everything and Tim can wait until the weekend. Use your time during the week to focus on your studies. The more you accomplish throughout the week the less you will have to do on the weekend. This will also help you begin prioritizing tasks which will help you later in your career.

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