After endless finals and term papers and summer break around the corner, the last thing you want to think about is next school year. However, incorporating these easy resolutions now so they’re second nature come August will help you start the fall semester stress free!


Write It Down

Whether it’s a planner, sticky notes or a giant wall calendar, writing down your to-do list is essential. Write down due dates and mini goals for yourself. If you have a paper due at the end of the semester then plan to have chunks of it done each month. This makes it more approachable and better quality than something you might write up three hours before it’s due.


There comes a point where you must pick and choose what is most important to you. Going to a game sounds great but you have an exam in the morning. Either commit to studying for a few hours before the game or promise yourself to leave early. Balance is key.

Be Realistic

That perfect 20-credit schedule sounds great in retrospect. You love to stay busy and you’ll catch up on your degree plan. Flash-forward to midterms and your heavy credit load doesn’t sound like such a great idea anymore. It’s great to challenge yourself but you should also be realistic in what you can handle.

Work Ahead

As tempting as those Netflix-binges may be every weekend, you’re losing valuable time and likely pushing your assignments closer to their due dates. Use your extra time to get a jump start on next week’s reading or make a quick set of flash cards. You’ll feel productive and good about yourself.

Leave Time for Yourself

It’s all about balance. Taking an hour or so every day to do something you love can leave you refreshed and motivated. Read a book for fun or take a yoga class on campus.


Any new semester means the chance for a fresh start. Be positive, try to get on top of your assignments and be sure to work ahead (especially around recruitment time). Happy summer break! You’ve earned it!


By Courtney Boone (George Mason)

Courtney is a junior at George Mason University and a member of the Epsilon Pi chapter. She recently transferred from community college with an associate’s degree in teaching. She is currently studying educational psychology with a dual-minor in criminology and legal studies. One day, she hopes to become either a school psychologist or an attorney. Courtney also works as a staff writer for Her Campus GMU and represents her chapter of Gamma Phi on the Junior Panhellenic council.