Wow! Spring semester is here and charging forward at full speed!
(I don’t know about you, but for me the winter break flew by!)
Now, the spring semester has kicked off, Canvas sites have been published, syllabi collected, books ordered, first classes attended, preliminary assignments completed, and first projects and/or exams scheduled…
It’s time to balance the semester workload with time to relax and recharge on your own and with friends.
Maybe you have weekend plans or you’re already planning your spring break, or maybe your plans are to squeeze in watching some of your favorite shows on TV or Netflix in-between studying.
We here at Weingarten have four suggestions for how to make the most out of your personal time while on campus in order to remain as relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated in the spring semester as possible:
1. Read a book that you want to read!
Often, during the semester, the only reading students have time to do are the readings that are assigned for classes. Use your scheduled and dedicated study breaks to read a book you have been wanting to read. So many wonderful books were published this year, check out these lists for some suggestions:
- From NPR: https://apps.npr.org/best-books-2017/
- From our own Dr. Ebony Thomas here at Penn GSE: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/news/educators-playbook/best-childrens-books-2017
- From the NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/books/review/10-best-books-2017.html?_r=0
2. Write a thank you note!
Stay connected and send a thank you note or an email to a professor, staff member, friend, or classmate who was a big help to you last semester. Your kind words of appreciation will mean more than you know.
3. Plan your spring semester strategically!
Take an afternoon to lay out important dates on your calendar and planner for the spring semester.
4. Form an exercise habit!
With each new semester, it’s the perfect time to start building a new habit! Do you have plans this semester to walk each day or to go to the gym or to do yoga or to meditate each week? Do these plans fall to the wayside when the semester get busy? Exercising regularly is one of the best things we can do for our mind and body, but it can be easy to push these commitments to the side when the semester gets busy.
It takes three weeks to form a new habit and make it stick!
No matter what your plans are, we hope you optimize your personal time while maintaining your work-life balance!
By Staff Writer: Kelcey Grogan, Learning Instructor