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According to Abbigail: How to start — and finish — the semester strong

My top four tips for taking on the spring semester

The spring semester presents a new slew of school challenges compared to the fall. As we head into the year’s second half, I’ve compiled my top four tips for squashing spring setbacks. 

Invest in a planner

Getting overwhelmed is incredibly easy, but planning for upcoming obligations helps minimize stress and is the best way to ensure you stay on top of things through the next 16 weeks.

Many planner options are at your fingertips, making it easy to find one that fits your lifestyle and budget. My favorite physical options are the Erin Condren and Day Designer Planners, which offer daily, weekly and monthly planning options. If you’re looking for a free option, look to virtual planners like Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar or Apple Calendar. Many virtual calendars can also connect to Canvas, giving you extra reminders about upcoming assignments.

Find places for productivity

While my room is the comfiest spot for homework, I am tempted to doze off rather than study. That’s why, for productive studying, it’s best to try working somewhere outside of your home.

If you want an on-campus option, my favorites are Hale Library and the Union. Both offer various study space options, be it complete silence or lots of traffic and noise.

Coffee shops are a great route if you’re willing to spend a few bucks. Of the options in Manhattan, I enjoy Flight Crew and The Dusty Bookshelf the most. Most offer comfy seating, free Wi-Fi and good background noise. Plus, a sweet treat is the perfect push to finish assignments.

Utilize campus resources 

Getting familiar with what is available to you makes tackling school a lot less daunting, and every semester I find something new that K-State offers. From headshots to tutoring services, counseling through Lafene or help writing a resume, there are many free options to help you reach your full potential. You can find many resources on the Division of Academic Success and Student Affairs website.

On top of the established programs, professors are resources as well. As things get busier, having a professional and personal guide is helpful for anything from tough assignments to forming a network after graduation.

Create a closing shift 

A “closing shift” is a nighttime routine coined by TikTok, where, just like when working for a business, you make sure everything is set up and completed for the next day to succeed.

Treating my nights like this has been one of the best ways I’ve eliminated college stress. Instead of only making time for basics like teeth brushing and face washing, I encourage you to do little things to set up your morning for success, like looking at your planner for tomorrow and eliminating choices by choosing your outfit and breakfast. On top of self-care, your closing shift can include basic cleaning tasks that are sometimes hard to tackle during the day. Things like wiping off counters, placing blankets back in their spot or putting away dishes are little items that can take lots of weight off your back in the morning. Your nighttime routine should be individual and help you feel your best, but do yourself a favor and set aside a few more minutes to close your day!

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