Thursday, September 7, 2017

5 Tips for a Great Semester and Your Best Year Yet!

To our new students, welcome, and to our returning students, welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a summer of iced coffee, much needed sleep, and made it to the beach. It can be sad to say goodbye to summer, but there is so much to look forward to! Seeing friends after months apart, bonfires, and pumpkin everything are just a few things to come. Here at the Career Center, we want to help you hit the ground running.

Here are 5 Tips on how to start the semester on the right foot:

1. Set goals
Whether it is to make it to the gym 5 times a week, or to find an internship for the Spring Semester, set your goals now. Once you know what you want, you can determine the necessary steps to achieve them. As much as we love to procrastinate, setting goals are better done now than later.

2. Prioritize
At Hofstra, they are so many amazing clubs, activities, and people to meet. Not to mention new professors, homework, and papers. At times, it will get pretty overwhelming. By learning to prioritize what is important, you will improve your time management, and ultimately achieve your goals.

3. Try at least one new thing
Reach out to an alum for an informational interview, apply to a dream job, or volunteer at a local animal rescue. Hofstra offers endless opportunities, and you should take advantage of as many as possible. Whether it applies to your major directly or not, you should try at least one new thing.  It will develop the transferrable skills employers are always looking for.

4. Establish a routine
Studies show that people who have a routine tend to sleep more, eat healthier, and ultimately be more productive. To help you establish a routine, I recommend a planner or your phone’s calendar app. You can even set a Bedtime Alarm to help you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep.


5. Join the Student Advisory Board
Last, but not least, you should join the Student Advisory Board at the Career Center. We are looking for bright students that will help us improve our impact on the student body. All students of varying majors, school years, backgrounds and interests are invited to apply. We want to provide you with the opportunity to work together and give feedback on the services and resources offered by the Career Center. Board members will develop interpersonal and communication skills that can be useful for any career path. You can apply on Handshake!

~Wishing you a lovely Fall semester~

  Kristi Riecker
  Career Center Graduate Assistant

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