It’s only a couple weeks into the semester, but it feels like it’s been forever. Between stressing about assignments (maybe you’ve already written a paper or taken an exam), balancing work and your social life, and settling back into a routine, the start of a new semester can be a little overwhelming for us all.

Here are some tips to start (and keep) your semester on the right foot:

1. Get a planner (and actually use it!)

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Write your assignments in and make daily To Do lists. It will keep you organized and feeling low-stress (and things won’t fall through the cracks!)

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Whether that’s the Career Center, the Counseling Center, a professor, or even a friend, make sure you’re asking for the right kind of help. There are a lot of resources out there and none of us can do it alone, so don’t feel bad about reaching out.

3. Prioritize self-care.

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Your grades are important and so is working or interning, but taking care of yourself is the most important. Meditate, watch some Netflix, get a good night’s sleep, and eat some food you like. You deserve it.

4. Make time for exercise.

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Towson offers a lot of group exercise classes or the regular gym is available if solo workouts are more your style. If you’re super busy, try an at home workout in your apartment or dorm room!

5. Choose healthy eating.

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You can treat yourself to Susq Chick-Fil-A every now and then, but try and choose healthy, fresh foods over processed, sugary, or fatty foods most of the time. You’ll feel more awake and alert and your body will thank you.

6. Get involved.

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It can be hard to find the time, but it will make your semester a lot more enjoyable if you’re doing something you like! Whether that’s a new club, sport, or going Greek, there’s something out there that will provide everyone with a fun and enriching balance to all that classwork.

7. Be motivated, but don’t be too hard on yourself.

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Push yourself to do your best, excel in your work, and be dedicated to your studies. You’re here for the degree, after all. That being said, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. Do the best you can and that’s all you can ask of yourself.

Happy start of the semester!

-Elena