Letter To College Students: How to have a Successful Semester

By Gabriella Aka on January 29, 2015

Dear college students,

First of all, hope you’re having a fantastic start to the spring semester. I know what it’s like to be starting school again- not looking forward to the homework! As a freshman, I was lost and naive, but excited about a college life. As a sophomore, I’d gotten the gist of things, and I knew where to find every lecture hall and cool campus hangout. As a junior, the pressures of my impending senior year kicked in, and my internship search occupied every open space in my brain that wasn’t filled with a million other issues.  And now I’m a senior. After all that I have done and seen and heard as a college student, I think I can boil down the secrets to a successful semester in a few key points as follows:

  • Go to Class: I know you’d rather be doing a zillion better things, but going to class actually helps a lot. Oh and don’t just go, try to listen. Personally, I think if you listen at least half the time, you are sure to register at least some of the material. It might just be a little but that can come in handy during chapter reviews, quizzes, tests and such. I know we all hate it. Just do it anyway. 
  • Get “Cool” with your teacher: This helps a whole lot. Especially for days when you miss class or have to turn in work late for some reason. If you have a good relationship with the teacher, you’re sure to have a much easier time in that class.
  • Do Homework: No one likes homework. I know the feeling. However, doing homework actually helps keep you up to speed with coursework. You want a good grade, well guess what? Do your homework!
  • Do other FUN things besides school: This is very important. Some wise person said “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” and I agree. You will go insane if all you think about is classes, homework and projects. I know this because I lived it. Have some fun, join a club, and take your mind off books. Do something that makes you happy
  • Be yourself and believe in yourself: I know this is the biggest cliché of all clichés. It’s still very true though. Do “you”. Be proud of who you are and what you represent and do not be afraid to take bold steps and go for what you want.


  • Start each day fresh: If you carry yesterday’s worries into today, you will make today an unpleasant day. So, start anew each day. Hakuna Matata! And be sure to smile and be positive! This one’s my favorite rule.


That’s my take on how to have an overall great time this semester. Now, go forth and BE AWESOME!!




I'm Cameroonian, and I wanna write! I like smiley faces and ice cream. I sing, dance and read paperback romance. Life is beautiful. I know that's cliché but oh well, it's true.

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