The Ultimate Guide to Organizing An Entire Semester

It’s getting to be that time of the year again. Summer is almost through and it’s as hot as ever.

You head to the store to grab a bucket of ice cream when you see all the ‘Back to School!’ signs plastered everywhere, and smiling children holding armfuls of school supplies staring up at you.

For most middle and high schoolers, this is the end of a summer of fun and laziness and the beginning of hours filled with boredom and forced education.

Luckily for us, we are college students. Going back to school is one of the things we have been looking forward to all break, even if that’s just mostly to reunite with our friends. With everything starting at the same time, it’s easy to get stressed and allow your schedule to get crazy.

Here’s the ultimate guide to organize your semester so you start the year off right.

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Why It’s Important to Take Classes That Aren’t Required

I hate the idea of majors. All of our skills, interests, and vocations being grouped into a single category? No, thank you.

However, since I can’t quadruple major – I can be a dancing, graphic designing, environmental science journalist, right?- I can’t stress the importance of taking those random classes whose descriptions intrigue and light your soul up a little bit. You know exactly the ones I’m talking about.

It’s that random, 2 credit, non-Gen Ed class that will turn you into the person you are meant to be. It’s the classes that let you chase your curiosity.

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6 Essential Strategies to Simplify Your Semester

Hi, friends! Another semester is coming upon us very soon. I’m excited, but nervous at the same time, since I’m now taking junior-level classes! Your semester doesn’t have to make you nervous, though. If you take advantage of these systems, you can use them to simplify your busy life. Here are some strategies you can use to make your semester go smoother.

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The Stress-Free Guide to Registering for Classes

Registering for classes is one of the biggest battles I’ve come across in college. Each school runs registration differently, but most have some type of panic-creating, stress-inducing process to pick your classes for the following semester. At my school, you get a time slot based on the credits you have completed, and you just have to watch the classes you want disappear before your slot comes up.

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Five Mistakes I Made in My First Year of College

I have finished out my first year of college and the next is approaching very fast. As a part of my preparation for yet another year of hard work and determination, I typically like to do some reflecting to learn and grow from my mistakes. Here are the mistakes I made in my first year-in hope that it will prevent you from making the same in the future!

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How to Prepare for College in High School

Are you a high school student who is looking into how to prepare for your freshman year of college but who has no clue where to start? Getting ready for this big step in your life can be intimidating! Lucky for you, you’ve found this post! That means that you have the opportunity to learn exactly what you need to do in order to prepare for your freshman year of college in high school. Let’s get started!

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How to Find Your Path in College

If you are of college age, then you’ve probably been asked the following questions TONS of times. “What’s your major?” “What are you going to do with that degree?” “What’s your career path?”. And if you are like me, for a while, you didn’t know a good answer.

I began college as an education major, but I realized by the Spring semester that my heart loved something else. To preface all of this-it’s completely okay to enter college undecided as to what you want to major in, or what you want to do with your life. Heck, if you really wanted to, you could be undecided for quite some time and still be on track to graduate. By junior year you should have an idea, unless you want to spend more time in school.

So, whether we like it or not, you’ll eventually need to find your path in college. It’s hard. It’s frustration. It’s a loaded question full of pressure and stress-but it doesn’t have to be!

Here are some tips to help you find your path in college-and hopefully your passions as well!

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The Secrets to Getting a 4.0 GPA in College

While we all know grades aren’t everything, a few points on your GPA can be the difference between thousands of dollars in scholarships, winning an award, or getting into your dream grad school. I’m only a junior in college, but so far I have managed to get a 4.0 every semester. Of course, a 4.0 GPA doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a dream job in your desired occupation – but it doesn’t hurt either. Here are some tips and tricks I use to keep myself on task, motivated, and on the way to the Dean’s list!

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How to Graduate College in 4 Years + Free Worksheet!

College is stressful in itself. After picking classes, adjusting to living on your own, making friends, and navigating everything from scholarships to financial aid, one of the last things I wanted to do was worry about the next 3 years.

Graduating college in 4 years isn’t something everyone has to do, but if you are like me, I’d prefer not to spend money on another semester or year if I don’t have to. It’s an attainable goal, and it’s something worth reaching for.

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5 Ways to Never Miss an Assignment Again

Between freshman and sophomore year in college, there were always assignments that slipped my mind. Some didn’t make it into my planner. Others never made it out of the depths of the paper graveyard that I carried around in my over-packed messenger bag.

But, by the end of my sophomore year I decided that enough was enough. Too many easy A’s were being missed because of my lack of planning. So I did what every college student should do when faced with a problem, I asked for help. After working with an academic success coach, I was able to stay on top of EVERY assignment, stay organized throughout the semester and actually have some breathing time between classes instead of running to the crowed computer lab in an effort to force 1,000 words into a document to get 5 points of extra-credit. Please do yourself, your sanity and your GPA a favor by being proactive! Getting ahead and staying ahead of your assignments, projects and exams is totally doable with these 5 important and easy steps.

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