Second semester: Get organized, stay motivated


Emily Schackart, Online Chief, Lifestyle Editor

Leaking pens, broken pencils, piles of old worksheets. If this sounds anything like your backpack or locker situation, it’s time to reevaluate for second semester.

  • Out with the old, in with the new

We all know the back-to-school rush every August. Buying a brand new set of school supplies on sale makes going back to school almost exciting. Almost. While there might be a lack of back to school sales in mid-January, you can still achieve that same motivation to take on a new semester by purchasing and replenishing a few items in your backpack. For instance, replace any ripped folders, broken pencils, and filled notebooks. You’ll feel a lot more refreshed and ready to take on second semester.

  • Clean your backpack

Throw away any gum wrappers, hall passes, and those miscellaneous sheets of paper crumbled at the bottom of your bag. In addition to disposing of any junk in your backpack, remember to add some essentials for second semester (gum, chap stick, calculator, tissues).

  • Treat second semester like first semester

Inevitably, your motivation for school and homework will dwindle as the months go by. However, the small break between first semester and second semester is the perfect time to renew your energy for the upcoming quarters. Reconnect with the energy and motivation that you felt at the beginning of the year, whether it’s by shopping for new school supplies or simply taking the weekend to relax.

  • Organize

If you haven’t already, take some time to clean out your folders. Archive old papers at home, in case for some reason you need them in the future. Color-coding notebooks with corresponding folders is a popular organization method among students. Some students will opt for one large binder for all their classes, or several smaller binders. Find what works for you and stick with it.

The best part about second semester is that it offers a fresh start. There’s no need to dwell over a bad test grade or a missed homework assignment from first semester – it’s in the past now. Seize the opportunity of a new semester to practice better habits, create realistic goals, and stay organized.

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