With the carefree days of winter break at a halt, it is time for students to hit the books and head back to class to finish out the year strong.
Caps and gowns now tucked away, December graduates are now looking to enter the post-graduate working world. For many students, the thought of graduation seems exciting, but also daunting. Students attend school most of their lives to get the right education to land the job of their dreams. College may be a time for some to live life to the fullest and party, which is fine in moderation. However, at the end of the day, students attend Texas State for one purpose: to earn their respective degrees.
The idea of transitioning into new classes with new expectations may be an overwhelming thought for many students. Before the relatively lazy pace of the break, students were hard at work studying throughout the day and night in the library in the hopes of pulling off that A to boost their GPAs. It is important to remember that mindset and return to it with even more intensity this semester.
No matter what may have happened with a student’s grades in the fall, the spring semester is a chance to start fresh with improvement for GPAs and other aspects of college life. It is never too late to begin better studying habits and proper time management skills to ensure there is a correct balance in a student’s life between hard work and relaxation.
Instead of losing hope with studying early on in the semester, students must take the spring in stride, aim to apply themselves and complete their best work possible. No student enjoys looking back on a semester and kicking themselves for missing assignment due dates, skipping class often or putting off studying for tests until it is too late. The spring semester is the time to correct mistakes and learn lessons.
For the expected spring and summer 2013 graduation candidates, the light at the end of the collegiate tunnel is shining in the near distance. Senioritis may threaten to take hold this semester, but keep pushing through it. With a lot of effort and motivation, a professional career may be waiting right around the corner.
Students who plan to graduate in the fall or upcoming years know this semester is just as important as any past one. There is always room for improvement, and now is the time to forge a new path or strengthen the current one. Join new organizations and clubs, apply for scholarships and summer internships and explore the variety of university resources available including the Student Learning Assistance Center, Career Services and the Writing Center.
Getting back into the groove of school may be tough, but the process can be made a little easier with solid dedication and commitment from the start.