Hello sunshine!

The spring semester is a great time to be on campus. The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and the weather is warm.

Student Life Centre courtyard on a sunny spring day.

Given all of these wonderful things it can be very easy to get distracted and motivation can become difficult to tap into. Here at the SSO we understand the struggle that comes with wanting to just lie in the sun but still needing to focus on assignments. We have searched far and wide in order to bring you our top tips on how to have the most successful spring term.

"The best time for new beginnings, is now."Stay organized from the start

This is the first and arguably the most crucial step to ensuring success during the spring term. Take a look at your syllabus and begin to fill in a calendar making yourself aware of upcoming due dates and deadlines. Even if making a day-to-day schedule is not something that is conducive to your learning style, being aware of upcoming tasks is an extremely effective way to get in the groove of time management and starting the term off right.

Did you know that you can view all of your assignment due dates in the LEARN widget? Download the app to start getting your term in order.

Get involved

The sun is out and the distractions are running hot. Getting involved with organizations and clubs that you are passionate about can prove to be a good break from the academic grind. They are also a fantastic way to keep you active in the Waterloo community. Check out the full list of Feds clubs or learn how to start your own.

Take advantage of Welcome Week

Spring Welcome Week banner.

At the beginning of each term Feds hosts plenty of events to welcome students to the new term. Events range from ice cream socials to bubble soccer, all to get you excited for the term. These events also allow you to learn about the various resources available to you on campus. Make sure to check out the full list of Welcome Week events.

Get your textbooks early

Being prepared and starting classes on the right foot is essential to having a successful term. You can ensure your success by getting ahead and securing all the books you will need in the first week. If you don’t want to buy all your textbooks brand new, there are plenty of options around campus for purchasing textbooks or you can always access your course reserves in the Library.

Have fun!

"Chase the sun."The summer in Waterloo is fantastic, and it’s important to stay balanced. Throughout the summer there are plenty of community events going on, from music festivals to food and drink festivals! Staying on top of your academics will allow you to have more time to enjoy all these fun events, as well as the amazing weather UWaterloo during spring term has to offer!

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