How I Prep For A New Semester

In light of starting my final semester of college tomorrow, I wanted to share what has come to be my favorite (and most effective) way to prepare for a new semester.

This is an amalgam of things I have learned from semester to semester as well as tips and tricks I’ve gathered along the way.

1. Make a “due date” list

After reading all of my syllabi, I make a Google Doc and separate it by month (January, February, March, April, and May for Spring semester). Next, I input every due date for every. single. class. It is SO helpful to have an overview of everything. I update the Google Doc as the semester progresses, but it’s convenient to have every due date in one place so I can transfer them over to my monthly planner, weekly planner, and daily to-do list.

Example:

JANUARY

TUE 22-COMM Reading pp.50-75

THU 24-MATH Online Assignment

FEBRUARY

TUE 5-HISTORY Rough Draft

THU 7-REC Quiz #1

And so on…

2. Shop for school supplies

I have been using my JanSport backpack since my first semester.

Besides that, the school supplies I buy are:

3. Grocery shop

Coffee

College students’ blood is probably 50% coffee during the semester.

I have been making my coffee at home for over a year now and I save an average of $40-60/month because of it!

  • A pack of K-cups (I have a reusable K-cup too for ground coffee, which is more eco-friendly)
  • Unsweetened or reduced sugar almond milk (my favorite coffee mix-in)
  • Torani flavor syrups (Vanilla and Hazelnut are my favorites…they make made at home coffee taste a lot fancier)
  • Reusable cups (one with a straw for iced coffee, and one with a lid for hot coffeeF

Food/Snacks

For long days on campus, it’s crucial to pack healthy, yummy food/snacks avoid dropping $$$ at the convenience stores.

I pack my food/snacks in a reusable, insulated, and freezable lunch bag.

Some of my favorites:

  • Almonds
  • Mini Kind bars (I love the Sea Salt Dark Chocolate ones)
  • Tigers Milk bars
  • Sargento Balanced Breaks
  • Pretzels
  • Premier Protein shakes (only 1 gram of sugar)
  • Clementines
  • Bananas (be careful, they make everything around them smell like bananas)
  • Bell peppers and hummus
  • Pasta salad with veggies
  • Turkey sandwiches on whole wheat bread

4. Set an intention

Knowledge builds on itself. From my first semester of college to now, I have developed immensely. I love setting an intention for the semester. It gives me a feeling of hope and reassurance for a worthwhile and fulfilling next 4-6 months.

One intention has remained steady throughout my whole college experience is ACCOUNTABILITY…to take full responsibility for my feats, challenges, successes, and shortcomings alike.

The intention I have for this semester is to BE PRESENT…it’s my last semester of college and I want to relish in every moment, good or bad.

If you’re starting a new semester, I urge you to try one or all of these things out! Good luck!

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