The first few weeks of college can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be.
Learning how to effectively master time management skills is the first step to success. Whether you learn to balance classes, make time for meals, meet new people, exercise or work, stress can be conquered.
Comfort is essential
Creating a comfortable space in a dormitory, apartment, or house can improve one’s mood. Focus on making a comfortable bed. Bringing decorations and other items from the house can be beneficial when students are homesick.
Decorating with plants has been shown to be effective in reducing stress and increasing focus, according to the International Society for Horticultural Science. It can help for long nights of study or just on a bad day.
Read and save
It is important to have some knowledge of the classes you are taking before the first day of class.
Read the program. Write down the information provided by the teacher, such as the grading scale, class materials, and basic guidelines on class structure. Save homework on a calendar and explore ways to organize homework and its due dates.
Stop the habit of procrastination
Multitasking will become a common ritual. There is a lot to do in a day, especially in the first semester of the first year. After the first semester, reflect on what worked for you and what didn’t. This can include study habits, social life, and living conditions.
It’s easy to get distracted by social media. Create limits, for example by setting an alarm to take a break.
Another waste of time can be the wrong study program. Find out when your brain is most active during the day. It could be after your morning coffee or between class.
Each student has a different learning style, so time will allow you to find what works best for you.
Procrastinating habits can be difficult to break down. If you have a big project, break it down into small steps to avoid being overwhelmed the day before it is due. Starting work is usually the hardest part of conquering a heavy workload.
Create deadlines and reward yourself for meeting your deadlines. It can be helpful to minimize distractions in a crowded area, use a timer for a work session and breaks, and achieve accountability while working with a classmate or friend.
Establish flexible routines
Flexible routines help students be proactive about their projects while leaving room for change. This can ease the anxiety of those who are pushing themselves to meet a difficult deadline. It also helps prioritize the plans for the day.
Rather than a weekly plan, try making a daily plan. Strategically use breaks throughout the day. Take the time to stroll through a dining room or the Mizzou leisure center.
Take some time for yourself
Use your free time wisely. There is a lot to do in Colombia, and some of the best experiences will be the ones that are not planned. Visit the MKT Trail or the Devil’s Icehouse to explore caves, forests, and abundant wildlife.
Try journaling, pick up a new hobby, start a conversation with someone new, or spend some time alone for soul-searching. A day at home may be the reset you need.
It’s good to say no. Temptation can be difficult to deal with, especially when it comes to social events. Remember that there will be plenty of time to participate in social events.
Remember why you are here
Doing well in the classroom doesn’t just mean reviewing the curriculum and creating a class schedule. It’s a good idea to think about the big picture.
Connect with your teachers and peers. Schedule meetings with your advisors to learn about the semester.
Reflect on the impact of your mistakes and work to resolve them throughout the semester. It is rare for incoming students to have a career in mind, so make the most of every course. Your new passions can surprise you and lead you down a path you never envisioned.
Ask for help
Accepting criticism and rejection is an important skill to learn. He develops a mature state of mind. It can also reduce stress and provide insight. No one is perfect, and realizing that early on in college will reduce any anxiety you might feel about being a star in any field.
Help is always available. Professors, teaching assistants, academic advisors, and the Student Success Center are great resources.
Everyone deserves a break from time to time. College can present the fewest obligations you’ll ever have, so take advantage of what MU and Columbia have to offer.