HOW TO START THE SEMESTER RIGHT
Brittany Henry | Worship Leader & Free Lance Writer | @BHMtweetz
How you start might make finishing a little easier. Here are a few quick tips to help you start your semester anxiety free. These tips will set you up for success and make college life a little more manageable.
Always begin everything with prayer and with the end in mind. Speak to God about your goals and seek direction from the Lord for, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand (Psalms 37:23-24 NKJV).”
When you’re praying be silent for a while and listen let God speak to you.
Literally try laying your plans before Him and just being quiet for a bit. Even if you don’t hear anything you’ve done right by first acknowledging him and now you can start your semester confident that He will direct your path.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand (Psalms 37: 23-24 NKJV).
Observe how Psalms 37 doesn’t describe a supernatural situation where the man who acknowledges God never makes mistakes or looses his footing. Inviting God to be Lord over your goals and plans isn’t some magic, “make things perfect” lamp you rub three times.
However, it is assurance that when things don’t go the way you planned it’s because things are going the way He planned.
You are being directed. If you make a mistake it’s okay. The Lord is upholding you and He will cause it to work for your good. See how that takes so much stress and anxiety out of the equation?
Take good notes.
Your first orientations, chapel services, and classes are a snapshot of what to expect all year. Don’t make the mistake of not paying attention. There are plenty of free note taking resources that integrate with mobile devices and laptops. You might try something like Evernote, Microsoft Onenote, and Google Keep.
Sit in the Front
If you’re reading this blog, you’re the kind of student who takes his or her education seriously. Let that be known to your professor by sitting in the front. Not only do you demonstrate that you’re in class to learn, but you’re more likely to remain engaged. Studies have shown that students that sit near the front get better are grades and are more likely to finish the year successfully.
Join Clubs and Socialize
If you’re not super social that’s okay. College is the place to learn and grow, so push yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit. Developing new friendships and finding a network of people of like interest early can be very beneficial in the long run. Not only can social networking be beneficial to you when you graduate, but it can also ensure that you have a friendly support network come test taking time. Cornerstone College of Virginia is growing and developing its campus life with Bible studies, the audio visual club, and fun events.
Be wise with your time
Good time management will save you a world of hurt. Save yourself the trouble and develop that now. Try making a to-do list not just for the day but also for the week. Create time for each task and determine how long to spend on each task in advance. Lastly, wake up just a little bit earlier. You’d be surprised at how much you can accomplish while everyone else in the world appears to be sleeping. There are more hours in the day that you realize.
Use the writing center
Surprise! The writing center can help you develop your writing skills and write any paper with excellence no matter how long. Don’t miss out on this valuable resource. Use the writing center and you’ll never get less than a top grade on your paper again.
Talk to your professors
It never hurts to establish a friendly working relationship with your teacher early on. Your professor could be instrumental in helping you find a job or internship opportunity down the road.