I encourage you to stay focused on your education. Worrying about what is on your back versus the degree hanging on your wall is completely pointless. Yes, it is fun to look good but it is also fun to stretch your mind and ascend to higher levels of education. Some career paths demand you to be a full time employee and part time student and it’s important to maintain it.
Stay Organized: I can not stress this enough! If you are not the type then take some time and meet with those who are. Buying endless calenders isn’t worth your time if you aren’t going to use it. Since we live in an age with smart phones and tablets are becoming more inexpensive, get one. Program it with your daily life schedule and make a habit to keep a paper copy just in case your technological best friend dies on you. Getting into a good routine will help you in the long run.
Set realistic goals: I am a firm believer that at any age you can start over. There was a woman who in her 80s wanted to go to law school did. Just because your current career path, job or lifestyle causes setbacks, find the core issues and rise above them. It is possible and you are capable!
Carve out me time: It is important that you remember how much you mean to the world. To live a life that is full of stress and frustration harms the very being you are. Whether you take time each day to unwind or do something special each week for yourself – do it and maintain it.
Remember to have fun: It’s that simple. Whether you need to hop on Tumblr during your lunch break or you need to watch Golden Girls each night before bed (I know, I do) stick it in your routine like you would add lemon zest. Sprinkle in some fun to take the edge off. It works better than coffee (almost, anyway).
At the beginning of the year you are worried about having the right “look” but come midterms before Thanksgiving, you will be headed to class in somewhat clean sweatpants and Ugg like boots with 3 pencils in your hair. It’s a reality of school and life so just remember to shower and stay focused on studying.
Have a great year!