Hey guys! Welcome back. Christmas is over for the most part and in just a couple of weeks we will be headed back to school. Some sooner than others. It’s not always easy starting back in a new semester after having some time off. So I thought I would share with you six things I do at the beginning of every semester to ensure I get off on the right foot.

1. Map your routes. It is absolutely important to know where you are going. Mapping out your daily routine will make your days go smoother. The earlier you can do this, the better off you will be. I recommend doing this before classes start if possible, but the first week of class is an optimum time if you can’t do it before.

2. Annotate your syllabi. I have touched on this before, but it’s important. Keep your syllabus for each class because they are essential and hopefully you will use them. Your professor won’t always remind you when something is due and they won’t tell you what you need to make up if you miss the class. That is why you have your syllabus.

3. Gather your materials. I recommend buying your textbooks after the first time you have the class. Some professors don’t require you to have a textbook even if the syllabus says you do. So don’t buy it because you don’t want to waste all that money on something you don’t need and won’t use.

4. Be well rested. Sleep. You need to sleep. Enjoy it while you can. Appreciate the easy beginning because it will be harder later on. Allow yourself to breathe and take the time to organize,structure, and plan.

5. Introduce yourself. Take the time to introduce yourself to your professors, especially if the class is for your major. They are more likely to remember you and it’s a great first impression. You can use all the help you can get. It won’t harm you in any way to take the time to get to know your professors. Office hours are a blessing from God; don’t let them go to waste. Also, take the time to get to know one or two of the people sitting around you. It never hurts to have a friend or two in class with you.

6. Set goals. Once you know what the semester is going to entail, set some goals. You know what the next few months are going to look like and what is expected of you, so make sure your goals are set towards that. Keep them realistic and reasonable. Don’t say “I will get straight A’s”. Say, “I will strive for straight A’s”. That way even if you don’t get straight A’s, at least you can say you tried.

Those are my six things that I do at the beginning of every semester during the first week of classes. Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Do you have any first week of classes rituals? If so write them down in the comments so we can all learn from one another. If you have any back-to-school questions, feel free to leave them down below. I will be doing another Q&A post in the beginning of January so share any questions you have. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!