studentthinkingcopyNow that the semester is well underway, do you think you have it all together? Take a look at our guide and see how many steps you’re on top of and what you may be missing.

1.       Get Involved: Have you had an opportunity to take advantage of all WCU has to offer? If not, join one of our 230+ clubs and organizations.

  • Ask upperclassmen for suggestions as to what clubs may meet your interests
  • Talk to your advisor about department organizations
  • Visit the Fall and Spring Involvement Fairs

2.       Manage Your Time: Some of you may already be used to planning your daily activities on your own, but many of you might not know where to start. Between classes, work, clubs, sports, family, and friends, it can be hard to juggle everything, but there are ways to make it work.

  • Buy and use a planner
  • Set reminders in your phone for important dates
  • Plan events in advance
  • Keep a calendar in your room where you can easily view it every day

3.       Study: While this may seem like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at the amount of students that wait until the day before an exam to review material. This method isn’t as effective because your brain needs to access information repeatedly to really learn it. Try these tips instead.

  • Spend a couple hours in the library every day after class reviewing notes
  • Form study groups with friends and get together once a week
  • Make flash cards
  • Rewrite notes after class

 4.       Develop a Routine: With all the activities going on around campus, it can be hard to stick to one schedule every day. Find a routine that works for you and attempt to follow it as closely as possible, as it will help your body to become accustomed to your activities. With a healthy body, you can go to class and get good grades.

  • Go to bed around the same time every night
  • Take fitness classes at the Rec Center around the same time every week
  • Eat your 3 meals at consistent times and make sure to grab healthy snacks in between meals

5.       Choose Healthy Foods for More Energy: It can be pretty tricky to study and participate in all of your activities without proper rest. Instead of running to Starbucks every time you need an energy boost, try these healthy home remedies that will save on your body and your pocket!

  • Cranberry juice w/ hint of lime
  • Choose tea over coffee
  • Chew peppermint or spearmint gum
  • Choose fiber for breakfast (rolled or quick cooking oats)
  • Drink more orange juice

Written by DeVonna Smith, Peer Educator