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Starting the year strong vital to success

By Staff Editorial
On September 20, 2018

 

While the calendar may still claim the season to be summer for another week, college students nationwide know that their focus has shifted to reflect a more serious schedule. 

Gone are the careless days of warmth and leisure as nearly a month of classes have already passed for Kirkwood students.

 With daily college life in full swing, both new and returning students may already be feeling pressure and encountering some challenges that are to be expected but can seem overwhelming at times.  

Some may find themselves frustrated and unprepared for the strain of their academic expectations combined with what has come to be known as “adulting”.  

While it is relatively early in the semester, the weight of day to day responsibilities firing from all cylinders can be exhausting for both the new student experiencing their first days of college or a returning student who is no newbie to the game. 

This can lead to the dreaded burn out, which can not only impact personal and school related tasks but also make it difficult to find motivation to stay on track. 

With so many things to focus on each and every day, it’s important to simplify and clarify to better manage the chaos that is often college life.     

Planning is the first step to success. It is vital to know what is needed to satisfy both academic and personal needs.  

There is the belief that writing things down will help with memory, since being able to see what is coming ahead in a way that makes sense to the individual minimizes surprises and obstacles.  

Two popular and somewhat easy ways to do this are the use of a planner and/or writing out a schedule and printing it off.  

Time management seems to go hand-in-hand with planning. Properly managing time can help students stick to their schedules so falling behind on coursework becomes less of a problem and promotes accountability.  

 There are those who need to work in order to provide for themselves or a family while pursuing higher education so knowing what, when and where becomes vital to make the best effort at obtaining a comfortable yet sufficient work-school-life balance, which has been shown to help prevent stress and burn out. 

Taking care of one’s health and body should not be ignored, though it does often seem that this is one of the aspects of life that is easily neglected for the average college student. 

Whether it be a first-time attendee, a non-traditional with a family or someone who has been through the motions before, chances are almost every student at some point has or will struggle with self-care. 

There is always one more assignment, one more piece to study, one more hour of sleep to try to squeeze in so diet and proper sleep habits often fall quickly to the wayside and can end up causing difficulties that have strong negative impact on one’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. 

The challenges of being a student can be numerous and will not be without snags but the good news is it is manageable.  

It may sometimes be easier said than done but remember that if it seems to be too much, there are resources around campus to help combat stress and burn out so be sure to utilize all tools available to make the most of this experience.

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