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UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE: How to be your best self for semester two

Oh yessss it’s that time of year again friends. And I will also say that going back to Uni in semester two is a lot harder than attempting to go back to Uni in semester one. Mostly because spring is already in the air, and the vast majority of students, and staff alike, would much rather be frolicking in the sun, than knuckling down to their studies. So here are our top five tips for hitting the books once again!

Get prepared early

Like we said, you have to be extra motivated this semester, which means planning ahead. And no we’re not just talking about your assignments here, we’re talking festivals, parties, weddings, all the other things that seem to happen in spring. If you plan well in advance, you can see how much time realistically you have to dedicate to your studies.

Own your inner nerd

In 2019, learning is actually pretty hip, and pretty cool, so why not embrace that side of you, and just throw yourself into this semester. Go to the library during those early hours of the morning, get on top of all the work that you usually let pile up, and go HAM on the weekly summaries. 

Reward baby, reward

Just like Pavlov’s dog, us humans respond well to routine, and reward. Why not take treat yourself to the studying extreme and plan out little pockets of luxury to fuel you along the way?

There is nothing wrong with being extrinsically motivated to complete something, especially something that you don’t really want to do, or perhaps will never use again. I’m looking at you, statistics.

Find a mature age student

To study with, of course, this isn’t a sugar baby arrangement here. Mature age students, as annoying as they can be in place 99.9% of the time, usually have their shit together.

They have it together because they don’t have time to faff about, because they probably have kids, and a job, and the Bachelor to balance as well. They can be your greatest ally. We swear.

Remember your end goal

This is really one of the hardest things when you’re at Uni. You need to constantly have a way of reminding yourself that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that one day this will all be over. You’ll no longer be studying (yay) you’ll be interning instead. Oh wait… what?

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.