Six tips on how to start the term off with a BANG

Whether you are in your first or fifth year at the university, the first few weeks of a new semester can always be a little challenging. We understand the struggle of the early morning classes and everyday grind and we are here to help! Here are some tips for you Warriors to start the term off on the best foot possible.

Tip 1: Make a plan

My friends, being extra prepared never hurt anybody and let’s be real, you can never be too ready for the start of a term. When creating your plan, it is important to set realistic goals that you can achieve and feel good about once you do! Schedule breaks and make sure you are as specific as possible with what you want to accomplish and how you are going to work up to it. Surround yourself with people that will motivate you and keep you accountable to your goals.

Tip 2: Use your professor as a resource

If you are struggling with course material or just need advice on how to prep for the busy term ahead who better to go to than the person running the course? Although it can be intimidating to talk to your professor, they are there to help and support you in any way they can. Even if your professor can’t help you directly they will be able to point you to the tools and services you can utilize in order to obtain the help you need. Check out the video below from the University Of Toronto for some do’s and don’t’s of emailing your professor. 

Tip 3: Pursue what you are interested in

The academic aspect of your experience here at Waterloo is only part of what will make your time here memorable. Waterloo offers a large variety of clubs and organizations that allow you to pursue your passion. With an impressive arsenal of clubs that range from food tasting to competitive cycling you are bound to find something that suits you.

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Tip 4: Stay on top of your work

We have all fallen into this trap before. The couple of weeks may be a lot lighter when it comes to your work load, making it seem appropriate to push light readings and prep work aside. I promise that this decision will not work in your favour.  Take advantage of this time to organize your material and get ahead on whatever assignments are approaching in the near future. Trust me, you will be thanking yourself later.

Tip 5: Be aware of your resources

School can be stressful and as students we know better than anyone that sometimes getting overwhelmed is inevitable. During times like this it is important to know that you are never alone. The campus offers a plethora of services that are accessible to all students. From services geared to helping you study better or prepare for exams, connecting you with a peer tutor, improve your writing or simply talking to someone about what’s stressing you out. Whatever it is that you may need, there is someone here at the University to help you along.

Tip 6:  Have fun!

As with everything in life, having balance is crucial to not only being successful but also feeling happy and fulfilled. Make sure that you are doing things for you and that fun is always built into your schedule. Here is a little clip of someone having A LOT of fun that hopefully makes you laugh.

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