Dos and don’ts for freshmen returning in spring

Congratulations, UVa-Wise freshmen! You’ve almost made it through your first semester of college.

Finals are just around the corner, but you’ve made it this far so don’t let that stress you out. It always helps to begin studying for finals the week before you have one. This method has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve scores on your exams.

Take time that week to relax and take study breaks when you need them, but don’t let a study break turn into a six-hour Netflix binge (because we’ve all been there and trust me, it might not turn out well).

Coming back from winter break can be tough, but here’s some advice from your upperclassmen on surviving the spring semester of your first year of college:
• Join Greek Life or find a new club to join – it’s a good way to make new friends and helps you be more social.
• Join an intramural team.
• Start saving money for upcoming spring break trips with friends.
• Get an ENO hammock and hang out with your friends at the reservoir.
• Don’t panic if you still have no idea what you want to do with your life – it’s okay to not have it all figured out.
• Some classes are only offered in the Spring semester so make sure you take them when they are offered.
• Do your laundry and clean your room. It makes you feel like you have your life together.
• Don’t skip class when the weather starts getting warm, no matter how tempting it is.
• Study hard, go to class, and keep your GPA up. College only gets harder from this point on.
• Don’t talk in the library quiet spaces. Seriously, no one cares about your relationship drama and wants to hear about it while they are trying to study or write a paper.
• Don’t be afraid to go eat alone; no one is judging you for it.
• Find a balance between personal life and school.
• We don’t have prom so give yourself a night to dress up and look hot.
• Don’t post all your party pictures online- your grandma and future employers will see them.
• Get to know your professors this semester and utilize sources that you don’t get outside of school.
• Prepare to be broke for the next three years.
• Try something outside of your comfort zone.

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