Welcome back to Walsh! I hope you all had a fun-filled and yet productive summer. Now that the first week is behind us, it is time to dust off your calculators, sharpen your pencils, and actually buy your textbooks. To be honest, you will use most of your textbooks. The only bad part is that they are so expensive! The bookstore on campus has a rental program, which significantly lowers the price. Buying used textbooks is always a good alternative. Of course, there are also many websites where you can purchase your textbooks. A good rule of thumb to remember is, in this situation and in life, having options is a great thing!
Being organized your first week of college is a must! It is sometimes hard transitioning from sleeping in until 2pm to having an 8am class. Keeping your daily and class schedule ordered will help make that transition easier. You could use a planner (and cover it with a bunch of stickers to make it look cool), your smart phone, hang up a calendar, or even hang up a bunch of sticky notes (Last year, my friend’s room had sticky notes in every nook and cranny with little reminders).
I finally found out how to use the event alert function on my iPhone and that has really helped me keep track of my many different commitments. It is also important to keep your schoolwork organized. You do not want to be the one that forgets about a test or an important project. Keep all of your assignments written down in your planner or on a sticky note. For all of you iPhone users, check out the ‘myHomework’ app (It is free!). It keeps track of all your different assignments, tests, readings, projects, and finals! You can even have the app remind you a couple hours before the item is due. Staying organized is always a good habit to keep up, even after graduation. Trust me, it will make life easier.
Tip of the Week
Stay physically active! There are so many benefits of exercising. Walsh makes it easy to stay active through its Student Wellness Program.
You can try out yoga, ballroom dancing, Zumba, multiple different fitness and core programs, and much more! Exercising at least 30 minutes every day will leave you feeling accomplished and put you in such a better mood. Running around our gorgeous campus is always a nice alternative. If you do not believe me, give it a shot! Try out one of our wellness programs. I guarantee you will feel the stress fall right off of your shoulders.
Have a great week and stay classy!
– Andrew Chwalik