“Plan ahead” may not be the most exciting piece of advice you’ll ever get, but you can’t deny it works. With a new semester right around the corner, it’s time to lay the groundwork for success. If you feel like there are too many things on your to-do list already, just pick two or three that will make the biggest difference in your life.

  1. Make new semester goals. Push yourself to up your grades, log more study time or take procrastination out of your vocabulary.
  2. Buy what you need. Check your class description to see what supplies, books and materials you’ll need. Stock up before day one.
  3. Refresh your study space. A change of scenery can be a real motivator. Rearrange the furniture, hang a new picture or change your screensaver to give your study space a new look.
  4. Do a little maintenance on you. Get your flu shot, plan a new workout or meal routine or tweak your sleep schedule to take better care of your health.
  5. Tune your technology. Take care of aggravations like slow Internet speed or a touchy mouse that can distract you from your schoolwork.
  6. Vow to connect. Plan to connect with fellow students and Averett faculty to get the support you need and build a network that can benefit you for years to come.
  7. Look ahead. We know it’s early, but if you think now about what happens at the end of the semester, it’s more likely to happen. Pencil in a vacation, start updating your resume or make a list of post-graduation dream jobs.

Just about every Averett University student will tell you planning ahead is one piece of advice you can’t ignore. Start now for next semester; we promise you’ll be glad you did!


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