Surviving the Second Semester Slump

In some ways, the academic school year is like the Superbowl. During the first semester, or first half, players come in feeling strong and ready. They have a few fumbles but manage to make it out alive. Winter break is the half time show; fun at first, but then it just kind of drags on and you’re ready to get back in the game. Here comes the second half; the players feel refreshed and eager to tackle any new obstacles, but what’s their game plan?

Enough with football … second semester can be a lot to handle sometimes, but CGM wants to help you take it on without fear. Here are some tips to keep you on track in the second half.

First semester fumble: You made friends who you don’t want to keep in touch with second semester.
The fix: Luckily going to a big school means there are plenty of people you can meet. Try sticking with the friends you do like, and join some of the classes or clubs they’re in. They’ll probably introduce to some other people you’ll get along with, too.

First semester fumble: You didn’t make the grades.
The fix: Meet with your academic advisor during the first few weeks of the semester and talk over your schedule. Make a study schedule each week; study between classes and meet with tutors.

First semester fumble: You broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
The fix: Talk to friends and find a distraction. The less you think about your past relationships, the easier it is to get over them.

First semester fumble: You didn’t get along with your roommate.
The fix: Spend less time in your room. Keeping your distance for a while allows you both to recuperate. If your living situation first semester was extremely unpleasant, speak to your RA about switching dorms.

Second semester brings a new set of challenges, but hopefully these tips give you the confidence to take on any obstacle. Since you’re more comfortable with the campus and the environment, it will be less intimidating when meeting new people or trying new activities. Every semester in college is different, so don’t worry about the mistakes you made previously.

By: Allison Shapiro | Image: Source


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