Tips for Getting Through a Tough Semester

By: Megan Johnson

College can be rough. For most us, college is stressful, nerve wracking, and exciting all at once. There is so much to do with seemingly less hours in the day to get it all done.

Here are some tips for getting through a tough semester.

  • Know Your ScheduleGet a calendar/planner and write down all of your classes, location and time. Scout out the rooms where your classes will be held prior to the first class so that you know where you are going. Once you attend the first class and have a list of assignments/projects and due dates, write them in your planner. Having a detailed list of what needs to get done will help ease your mind and keep you on track with assignments.


  • Get OutGo to orientation. Meet new people. If you are in a new city, take a walk around and see what’s there. If you are not in a new city, visit an area you’ve never been before. Or one you visit all the time, the choice is yours. But just get out. Don’t stay in your dorm room and hide. See what your area has to offer! You will be more comfortable when you know what’s out there and where everything is.


  • Eat Regularly + ExerciseChange is stressful, which has negative effects on the body- loss of appetite and low energy which can lead to lack of motivation, low academic achievement, and poor social-emotional wellbeing. It is important that you eat regularly and healthily, as well as get some exercise. It doesn’t have to be going to the gym three days per week. Something as simple as walking to class instead of taking the bus is a great form of exercise to keep you in good health, both physically and mentally.


  • Don’t Dive in Too FastThe first few weeks of college are busy- orientation, getting your class schedule, making new friends, trying to get to all the on- and off-campus events, adjusting to life in a new place. But it can all be overwhelming and make you feel more stressed out than welcomed. Maybe it’s your personality to constantly be busy. And that’s okay. If that’s who you are, go for it! But if it’s not, if you prefer to do things on your own time, then do so. Don’t feel as though you need to participate in everything and overwhelm yourself. There will be lots of events throughout your years at college for you to attend. Do things on your own time.


  • Be OpenWhen I left for college I was going to study and coming right back home. I wasn’t going to explore and I didn’t need to make friends because I had friends at home. Or at least that’s what I thought. Boy was I wrong. I now have lots of different friends and have no plans on returning home to stay. Be open to meeting new people, exploring new cities, trying new things. You never know what might happen and might surprise yourself.


  • Make FriendsAside from your family, your friends are your biggest supporters. They will be there for you through thick and thin. And it helps when you are going to college together, whether you are going to the same college from high school or meet at college. The shared experience is one that will bring you closer together. I met my best friends at college. One of them lived across the hall from me in dorm. Two I met through  friends. One sat across from me in physics class. You never know where or when you are going to meet the people that will have the biggest impact on your life.


  • Capture Those MomentsCollege is full of so many exciting moments. Hold onto them. It only happens once. And someday you will look back and wonder where the time has gone. Believe me. I graduated from college nine years ago. Nine years ago seems like yesterday. But now I have those years of some of the best moments of my life to look back on. And you will too.


  • BreatheJust breathe. Everything will be alright. I know it’s terrifying. I know it seems impossible. I know it seems like you won’t make it. But you will. Take a deep breath and push forward. Some of the best times of your life lie ahead.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education, and is a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor for both children and adults. Megan is the founder of Learning Lotuses {}, a website + blog aimed at encouraging social-emotional wellbeing in education using the practices of yoga + mindfulness.

When she’s not creating awesome yoga +mindfulness resources, she can be found with her gorgeous niece or practicing yoga.

  1. Megan

    October 11, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Thanks so much for posting this Taylor! 🙂
    It looks great!

    1. Taylor

      October 11, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Of course!! Always happy to 🙂

  2. Meagan

    October 23, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for all the good ideas! I’m just trying to make it through midterms right now lol

    1. Megan

      October 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      You are welcome! I hope these tips come in handy! Good luck on your midterms!

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