How to survive the semester… or at least not hate it.

School is back! For some, this is an exciting time. It’s a time of newness, transition, and change. For others, it’s a stressful time – homework, endless studying, more homework, hectic schedules, even more homework, tests, and did we say homework?

If you want to make the most out of this semester and stress less, we believe the tips below will give you a good start.

 

First… 

Focus on what matters.

Whether you’re a freshman or a super-senior, it’s easy to become distracted throughout the semester, especially during football season! On top of class and possibly work, you’ve got to juggle time with friends, campus organizations, and so much more. Starbucks can help you survive all the activities for a little bit, but at times the demand can be a bit too much. 

If you want to make your semester count, start by focusing on what matters. In James 4:14, the Bible says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Whether you’re religious or not, I think you’d agree with this statement. Life is precious, and it goes by quickly. This is true for your life as a whole as well as your time in college. Because this is true, it is essential to focus on what matters each and every day. The decisions you make today have the potential to positively or negatively affect the rest of your life.

 

Second…

Make a schedule.

It’s hard to focus on what matters when you feel like you can’t keep up with everything that needs to be done. School work and a job are more than enough to cause you to feel like you can’t keep your head above water.

To make this semester count, make a schedule. Creating a schedule is similar to making a budget. When people make a budget they often realize they’ve been wasting a lot of money. When you make a schedule, you may actually come to find you aren’t as busy as you think.

Schedule out time for class, work, and studying, but also schedule out time to relax and hang out with friends. As a Christian organization, we believe one of the best activities to incorporate into your schedule is a time of worship at a local church. Whether you’re a Christian or not, it’s necessary to participate in activities that allow you to recharge.

 

Lastly…

Find a good community.

According to the Bible, “It is not good that man should be alone…” We find this verse in Genesis 2:18. Although this verse is a reference to Adam and Eve, God is teaching us that we are not meant to go through this life by ourselves. We need people in our lives. We need a community. Some people find community through a fraternity or a sorority. Others find community in a religious organization. Because we are Christians, we believe a church or a campus ministry is the best kind of community to join.

 

If you find yourself looking for community, we want you to know that you’re always welcome to be a part of ours, SUB25. This semester may be challenging, but we believe these three tips can help you survive… or at least not hate it!