Starting Well

Welcome back everyone!

It’s the start of a new semester. Whether this is your first or second (or third or fourth) semester at Sheridan, this is the time where everyone is getting organized and settling into a new schedule. Below are two things to keep in mind that can help you have a really great semester!



  1. Ask questions: You are in charge of your education- don’t be afraid to ask questions! This could be in the area of academics, finances, extra-curricular or anything else. Ask, ask ask. There are lots of people who can help you out! Professors, peers, peer mentors, student advisors, the financial aid office, office of the registrar- the list goes on!


2. Take initiative: For some people, this is really easy, and for others this can be really hard. I get it.  Taking initiative, though, is a really great skill to develop. It helps you grow, personally, it makes you more visible to professors and future employers, it gives you a sense of control, and, in the long run, it can reduce stress. Here are a few ideas of areas where you can take initiative this semester:

  • PROJECTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: offer ideas in group projects, be proactive, get a head start when possible, challenge yourself to go above and beyond in your work, hand in your work on time!


  • SCHEDULE: stay on top of your work (volunteer commitments, academics, part time jobs, etc), find a good system of organization, and show up to class


  • PRIORITIZE: figure out what your priorities are. Narrow down what you want to commit time to and what opportunities you are willing to let pass. Do you want to join a club, or do you need to commit more time to studying? Do you have a part time job? How many hours a week do you need to do x,y,z? Is there anything you are doing right now (that you don’t have to do) that you can maybe drop? Try to get the clearest idea possible of your priorities early on in the semester. This can take some trial and error to discover, though, so cut yourself a bit of slack!


Some of these things might seem obvious, but little things like going to class and doing assignments on time really add up to benefit you in the long run!


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