Editorial: Starting the semester off on a good note


Living Editor

Gone are the days of sleeping in and spending time binge watching Netflix. 

Summer is over, and the Fall semester is now in full swing. 

Starting off a new school year is always exciting, but it can also be extremely stressful. 

It’s easy to become overwhelmed within the first month of being back on campus, so it’s important to keep in mind that there are ways to prevent having a complete mental meltdown. 

Here are some tips that can help you get started on a good note:

1. Get organized as soon as possible. Don’t wait until mid-semester to get your room in place or to have a notebook with paper in it. 

Do all of that now to avoid  getting behind from the get go. That’s nothing but a disaster waiting to happen. 

2. Know your schedule. 

Go ahead and take a look at the days and times of your classes. Although this may seem silly, look at the locations and names of professors as well. 

Even if you aren’t a freshman, overlooking those small details can put you in the wrong class at the wrong time (trust me, it happens). 

Knowing your schedule can allow you to determine what time you should get up to get ready in order to avoid being late or missing class altogether. 

3. Speaking of being late and missing class, don’t- at least not for the first month or so. 

Getting behind from the start is setting yourself up for failure. You’re spending money and time to be in college so don’t waste it by showing up to class late on the first day or skipping the third day of class. The beginning is essential.

4. Don’t get lazy so quickly. 

As the semester drags on, we usually all slack off a bit. That’s just how it goes. But don’t start out that way. 

The more behind you get on homework, the more you have to make up all at once, so do it now. 

5. Make a good first impression with your professors. Freshmen, every professor you’ll meet this semester will be new to you, and while some of them are intimidating, as long as you do what they ask, you’ll be fine. 

Upperclassmen, there’s still a chance you will encounter a professor you’ve never had before, so same goes for all of you. 

Be on your game the first time you meet them. Otherwise, you’re going to be in for a rough semester. 

Whether it’s your first semester here at Piedmont or your last, make this year a good one. 

For you newbies, start off your four years of college on a positive note. Do your work, show up when you’re told to and give 100 percent in all that you do. 

For those of you that have been here for a bit, either continue your hard work or step up and fix your mistakes. It’s never too late. 

College can be tough, and at some point, it will bring out the crazy in you. But, beginning the year with an energetic and proactive attitude can make things a lot smoother and much easier.