1. Don’t skip your 8am
As a student, there are few things worse than getting stuck in an early class when you’re not a morning person. It can feel like a semester-long personal torture session, but as tempting as it is to sleep in and get the notes from a classmate later, this year, try to attend every class period of your 8am. You’ll thank yourself when finals come around and you’ve experienced all the lectures and have all the information.
2. Get more sleep
Just not during your 8am. You’ll find it easier to stay awake and alert during all your classes if you head to bed just a little bit earlier each night. Studies have shown college students need more than 8 hours of sleep each night to wake up well-rested. This can be difficult when our schedules are jam-packed, but this year, we should all strive to get even just a few extra minutes per night.
3. Work on your study habits
If this resolution doesn’t apply to you, tell me your secrets. It seems that no matter how often I study, I still find ways I could be more efficient. So this semester, find the ultimate study space or try some new study methods. (And don’t just start studying the morning of a big test). While cramming may work for short-term memorization, it doesn’t get you far in the long run.
4. Find your balance
While studying is definitely important, it shouldn’t be all about schoolwork all the time. Make some room in your schedule to relax, hang out with friends, or do something you enjoy. College is more than just classes after all, and JMU offers a ton of amazing extra-curricular opportunities.
5. Get involved in the community
The Harrisonburg community has endless volunteer options for students looking to give back. Whether you enjoy being outside, teaching children, working with animals, crafting, or have another special skill you want to share with the world, there is sure to be an organization you can join nearby.