5 Ways to Make the Most of the Semester

IMG_0569Here we are, back in Happy Valley with a new school year upon us.  Whether you are a returning Penn Stater or a bright-eyed freshman, a new semester brings with it the chance for a fresh start. Have no fear, because Valley has you covered with five ways to make the most out of the semester.

1. Go into the semester with a positive mindset.

Summer gives us all the chance to unwind and rejuvenate from the stresses that come along with school. Just because it’s time to break out the books doesn’t mean that your mindset should suffer. Be sure to take time each day to relax and do something for your mental wellbeing.

2. Join a new club.

Putting yourself out there and joining a new club gives you the opportunity to participate in something you enjoy while meeting others who share commons interests. Make sure to stop by the involvement fair going on in the HUB this week to find something that sparks your interest.

3. Organize your schedule now.

While a new semester can be exciting, all the changes can be overwhelming. Take time to look at your schedule and figure out when you can fit in other important things like going to the gym or when you can take a nap. Yes, napping is important.

4. Speak up.

Don’t be afraid to make your voice heard. Whether that means raising your hand when the professor asks a question in class, or joining a group involved in a cause you’re passionate about. Have the courage to step forward whenever the opportunity arises, because your ideas are important.

5. Try to make the most out of every class.

Sure, you aren’t going to absolutely love every class or professor you come across. The important thing is to try to search for the positive aspects. The classes that you might dread at first could end up pushing you out of your comfort zone to discover new interests. 

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