New (School) Year Resolutions

Goodbye summer. You have come and gone with unprecedented speed. The harsh reality that academic responsibly is something I need to care about again very soon, is slightly terrifying. Within days, I will be returning back to Ryerson University campus, heading into my third year. In my time at university I have learned a thing or two about how to find success in school – or at the very least, what to avoid doing in the future. Here are five realistic things to start doing this semester, to improve your school year.

  1. Actually go to bed early enough so that your brain will be able to function in class. It doesn’t really matter if your ass is in the chair at 8:00 a.m. if your mind doesn’t turn on until two hours later, once the coffee has settled into your body. You may as well just sleep in if you aren’t paying attention and retaining any of the information.
  2. Hey, you know that textbook you paid $200 for? Crack it open weekly, not just the day before the exam. Making notes or even highlighting key information directly in the textbook will help you to understand what is happening during lectures, and save you a lot of time making exam notes.
  3. Try to have meaningful conversations with classmates. School is always way more enjoyable when you get to know the people around you. Don’t you want to have someone to make eye contact with every time your annoying professor smacks his lips before he starts a new topic?
  4. Start every major assignment two weeks early. Beating procrastinating is sort of like switching to a low-carb diet. It is a bitch, but in the end it is totally worth it. I guarantee you that something amazing – a party, a date, a concert – will suddenly come up the day before your deadline and you won’t be able to go because you procrastinated. Set out time in your schedule, and go to a coffee shop. Sometimes being out of the house can help you to work more efficiently.
  5. Plan out your outfit for class the night before. That way, you don’t end up throwing the entire contents of your closet on the floor. Wrestling in and out of sweaters is not nearly as good as being on-time, and looking chic.

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