6 ways to make the most of your semester

Practical tips for your time in college

Written by Luke Mulcahy


With the second semester of college now fully underway, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your time at third level. 


While college is about meeting new people and expanding your horizons, it would also be nice to secure a degree at the end of it. So this is probably going to involve utilising the library or creating a good study environment at home. While the amount of study time required per course may vary it can be good to get into the habit of attending the library after lecturers or setting some time aside every evening.


Scheduling can help you get the most out of your day. We’ve all been there when we just let those days slip away whether it's because of that series you have to finish streaming or general lack of motivation. The days at college can be long sometimes and the easiest way to make the most of them is to plan your day out, designate times to study, go to the gym or work on your own personal projects. Write yourself a schedule and pin it up in your room or even place reminders on your phone for certain times of the day.


Going for a run first thing in the morning can be a great way to clear your head and give you the feeling that you’ve achieved something first thing in the morning. Joining a gym can be expensive but can also have similar benefits whenever you decide to go. If neither of these options has you particularly enthused why not try joining a club. Colleges often have a large number of clubs with everything from football to rowing and fencing on offer. Exercise and joining clubs can be a great way to stay healthy and meet new people.


While class trips, mystery tours and general nights out can be fun, there are other ways to socialise at college that do not necessarily revolve around alcohol. If club sports as mentioned above, are not your forte, there are usually a wide variety of societies with everything from drama to animal welfare offering outlets to engage with like-minded folks. If you want to just chill and relax why not arrange a movie night with friends or get together to stream a series every week.

Take time for yourself

In between nights out and lectures it can be good to take some time for yourself. Chill in your room, watch a film, read a book or even try out mindfulness. Mindfulness is a meditation technique that usually only requires about 10 minutes of your time. It can be a good way to help you concentrate on the present moment. Apps such as ‘Headspace' and ‘Calm' both offer a free mode for users to try.

Set your own goals

Everyone is different and working towards their own objectives. Some may be experts at socialising but need to improve academically while others may wish to pursue a passion in conjunction with their academia such as sport or music. The above points listed are just suggestions, ultimately you may already know what you need to do to have a successful semester. So, whether it is to increase a C to a B or make a few more friends, make this semester count and enjoy yourself.

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