by Stephanie Watkins
Finals are over, you’ve packed up your things, and now you’re headed home for a few weeks. Winter break is a great time to reflect on the past semester and come up with ways to improve and prepare for the upcoming one. It never hurts to have a set of guidelines to keep you on track for success!
Make sure your class schedule is in tip-top shape.
Most schools have already completed registration, but students will be adjusting their schedules over winter break. Still need to get into that Economics course you’re interested in? Keep checking in, you never know when a spot may open up!
Read over your syllabi for the next semester.
Knowing what is expected of you from the course and your professor ahead of time will make the transition to the new semester less difficult. It always helps to map out your assignment due dates well in advance so that there are no surprises. So use the extra time over winter break to buy some colorful markers and a brand new planner, and write in important dates to get you motivated!
Reflect on what you did well (and not so well) last semester.
Think of it as a mid-year self-evaluation. Did you do a great job making your class presentations stand out? Make sure you work hard again next semester! Did you find that you procrastinated on papers until the last minute? Use this time to come up with a plan to improve your study habits, and don’t make the same mistakes again!
Create a set of personal goals to keep you focused.
With a lot of focus on academics, don’t forget to set personal goals too! Are you feeling motivated to get in shape? Make a workout schedule and grab some friends to help keep you on track. Do you want to run for office in one of your clubs? Think of ways you can increase your presence in the club to make you the best possible candidate.
Even though you’re appreciating the break away from school, don’t forget to make the most of these next few weeks. You’ll be thankful you’ve made a thoughtful plan for the new semester when you head back to school in a few weeks!
Stephanie Watkins is a senior at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduating in 2015. Her major is in Management and Society and her dream job is to be a marketing and social media consultant which allows her to travel all over the world. Stephanie’s spirit animal is Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec and you can find her on Twitter at @StephanieWatki5.