Snow College students have a lot on their plates. With 15+ credits, jobs, extra-curricular activities, trying to land a date for Friday night and mom constantly calling just to “checkup” it can be hard to stay focused on what is going to matter most this semester, habits. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get a 4.0 when distractions are more common than fake Tinder profiles.
With some advice on how to succeed, expert Cristina Lara, writer for the Huffington Post, says to focus on being healthy. It can be hard to make health a priority when going to bed at 3 AM and waking up for a 9 AM class is the norm, but remember that to study and be
focused you have to eat well and sleep at regular
hours. Students here at Snow College were asked what they do to prepare to have a successful semester, Emma Niederhauser said, “To start a new semester it would be really good to have a creative outlet, that’s how I help to relieve my tension.”
According to the American Journal of Public Health, there is a direct coordination between having a creative outlet and improved mental health. A creative outlet can help relieve stress and pent-up emotions, ultimately causing mental health
problems. Some examples of outlets are writing, cooking, photography, art, or a musical instrument. Some people may be worried that they aren’t creative enough to have an outlet. But rest assured, nothing created needs to be museum worthy.
Advice from another student here at Snow College, River Devries, stated “don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” With good advice to forget the small things that won’t matter in a few days, Devries also reminds students to be light-hearted while going through this new semester. Along with making time to laugh and create good memories, remember that a new semester is a chance to redefine old habits that previously tugged your success down. Be healthy, be creative, be mindful, and become successful students this semester here at Snow College.