Welcome to Fall 2022, Cougars! Feeling anxious about upcoming classes? We have the top ten tips that will help you make it through this semester and the ones to come.
1. Don't Overload Your Class Schedule
Maybe you can’t decide which classes to take. Maybe you want to graduate ASAP. Whatever your reason for taking a high-class haul, consider changing your course load. Engineering classes are demanding and taking too many classes may not give you enough time to do all the homework, let alone anything else. Give yourself time to enjoy your courses and your life outside of school. If you want advice on registration and scheduling, talk to your academic advisor.
2. Go to College Events
Our college has many opportunities for festivities and fun! From retreats to competitions, from inspiring lectures to free brunches, we have various student events throughout the year! So, take a break and come have fun, relax, get free food, meet your fellow students, and network with successful engineers!
3. Start Assignments Early
Many students have experienced all-nighters filled with the panic of missing an assignment deadline. Eliminate some unnecessary stress and begin your assignments when your professor first gives them. You don’t need an ambitious start. Simply looking through the expectations and beginning a brainstorm will give you a step in the right direction. Want to take this stress-free thing to the next level? Plan when you will next work on the assignment.
4. Get Help
You don’t need to figure everything out on your own! In fact, you probably will not be able to. University is not an establishment for isolated learning, but rather, it’s created for learning in a supportive environment. If you don’t understand a concept or want clarification on something, reach out to your TAs and professors. If you need help with something not related to academics, the Weidman Center encourages students to come and talk to their listening ear. In addition, get to know your classmates, make and ask for help from friends—students together strong.
5. Give Help
If you’re struggling, it’s safe to say you’re not the only one. Get the help you need and then give back to others around. We have plenty of service opportunities in our college and our university. Doing good deeds will not only benefit the receivers, but it will help you connect with others and feel the positivity that comes from contributing to a greater good.
6. Join a Club or Organization
Our college has many different clubs and organizations that you can join! Want something specific to women? Join our Society of Women Engineers! Want something specific to your major? We have plenty of speciality clubs for this purpose! Wherever you join, you’ll receive the same benefits of free food and new friends. Explore your options now!
7. Care for Your Health
College can cause stress that affects your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you’re not careful, you might start to lose track of the number of times you’ve eaten ramen, forgotten the quadratic formula, and had a half hour crying session. Make a purposeful effort to prioritize your health. Buy some fruits and vegetables, let your brain have a break, and do the good things that make you happy.
8. Remember the Important Things
Grades do not determine your worth. A “bad” grade will not ruin your life. You are the sum of so much more. It’s easy to say but even easier to forget. Remember at the end of the day, you came here to learn and grow, not to become perfect. If you can keep this in mind, it will help you balance and prioritize your life. It will help you remember the important things.
9. Make Time for God
Take a break and go to church on Sunday. Find a few minutes for daily scripture reading. Go to the temple. Watch the weekly Tuesday devotionals. Pray! Whatever connects you to God, find time for it. Strengthening your relationship with Jesus Christ can bring greater peace, clarity, and joy into your life.
10. Have Fun!
It may be cliché, but college will end. Sure you need to do homework and put forth effort, but don’t make college a memory filled with papers and pens. Make it a memory filled with people and places.