by: Bailey Simpson
Welcome back, everyone!
We’re already a month into classes, and as the semester continues to fly by, it can be hard to find good footing. It’s around this time of year where you find yourself asking getting involved on campus, questions about job opportunities, succeeding in classes, building your social life, and how you’re going to manage it all. Here’s how you can get back into the swing of things:
1. Get involved!
There are lots of different ways to get involved on campus. If you missed ClubFest, never fear! We have over 850 clubs and organizations available on campus, so there’s something for everyone and new members are always welcome. A full listing of campus clubs is available here. Additionally, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council holds meetings that are open to the public. This is a perfect opportunity to make sure you’re updated on university-specific issues! Check out ISU AfterDark and the Student Union Board for other events throughout the semester.
2. Seek out career opportunities! In addition to the many activities hosted on campus, we also have plenty of job opportunities! The People to People Career Fair is coming up on February 7 (Noon – 5:00pm, Scheman Building), and this is your chance to showcase your talent to employers! Visit LAS Career Services for help in building your resume and preparing for interviews. If you’re looking for part-time work, be sure to take a look at the Student Job Board on AccessPlus.
3. Apply for scholarships!
Free money is often the best money! If you want to spend less this semester and keep your financial mind at ease, put in the extra effort to apply for scholarships. There are scholarships available from each department and college in the university, but you can apply for LAS scholarships until February 5th!
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
If you’re still feeling uncertain about your classes, major, career, or otherwise, seek out your Community Academic Advisers for help. Community Advisers are a great resource for friendly input and advice on a variety of issues, ranging from trouble with homework to personal dilemmas. Schedule an appointment your Academic Adviser for questions about your academic and career goals. Help is always right around the corner!
5. Put yourself first!
While it’s easy to get sucked into homework, jobs, and extracurriculars, make sure you set time aside for yourself. Whether you’re in the library or back in your dorm, take a few minutes out of each day to breathe and analyze what you have going on. What’s due tomorrow? What holds the most importance? Cross off the items on your mental checklist and take a step back (and maybe a nap, you deserve it). Never lose sight of the things you love—including that Netflix series you’ve been binge watching. You’re doing great, keep up the great work!