Saturday, March 30, 2013

Paul's Tip of the Week: Post-Spring Break Problems (and Solutions!)

Whether you were in Florida soaking up the sun or at home in your pj's all break, a common consensus among the UMass population is that none of us got enough work over break and now we are all freaking out and pretty stressed. With projects, papers, tests, classes to register for, housing deadlines, and the inevitable finals week in May, the end of the semester is not going to be easy. Here are a couple of tips to help you  navigate your remaining time at UMass this academic semester:

1.) Plan your time wisely
Time management is going to be critical in your success in this final stretch to the summer. I would recommend marking any and all important events in your calendar/planner. This could include when your tests are, when projects are due, and even when social or club events are hosted. This will make it much easier to manage your time and figure out where your priorities should be on any given day.

2.) Registration
Registration for Fall 2013 begins on April 1st. Have you...
.....checked to see when your registration appointment is?
.....met with your academic advisor yet?
.... started looking for classes? How about a Five College course? Five College Interchange Infomation

3.) Housing
Make sure you stay on top of all on-campus housing priority deadlines! And if you are thinking about off-campus housing, do your research. Read more about on and off campus housing on Res. Life's website: Residential Life Info

4.) Keep on task
While it is starting to get warm outside (sort of...) and sometimes your workload may seem unbearable, it is extremely important to continue to work hard and stay focused. You don't want to throw away all your hard work this semester in this last month of school. If you are struggling in a class and feeling overwhelmed, make sure to contact your professors and TAs for extra help. Our campus is here to support you and there are always resources available to help you out.

So good luck and perserve!

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