Although we are looking at about one month until the end of the 2013-2014 academic school year, there is still a lot of time left this semester! With a little effort, you can make sure that you can turn around whatever obstacles have come your way. Whether you are about to graduate or heading towards the end of your first year at Mason, here are some tips for ending the year up on top!
1. Find a place to study. Whether that is at home, somewhere off campus, somewhere on campus, or perhaps during our 24-hour study lounge in May, there are tons of options to choose from. Make sure that you are free of distractions, and that you are giving yourself time and enough focus to study. I know Netflix is tempting. I know your friends might want to reach you over text, Facebook, or Twitter. I know Instagram or Snapchat may practically beg you for that selfie. You may even want to do something “for the Vine” (“whaling” is apparently a thing now). But it’s best if you set aside time for those things, too. They will still be there when you are done studying!
2. Know your limits. Many of us have been guilty of pulling all-nighters, but don’t push yourself too hard! Also, if you are planning an extended homework/study session, make sure you take breaks. If you study at Mason, there are many break options all over campus. Take a walk! Get a coffee. Buy some tasty treats or break out the brown bag. Study break options are even better in study groups!
3. Take advantage of your time! Take this opportunity to meet with your academic, industry, or financial aid advisor (that summer semester is coming up soon). You might want to meet with us, your off-campus student advisors! Plot out your next semester, or if you are graduating, find out what loose ends need to be tied up before the final race to the finish. You may want to focus on some of the challenges that are happening right now through finals, but if you happen to have a break here and there, think about what might be coming up in the slightly more distant future. It may save you time in the long run!
4. Don’t be afraid to check out your many Mason resources. Whether that’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Wellness, Alcohol, Violence Education and Services (WAVES), Mason Support or the Office of the Ombudsman, Office of Student Involvement or the University Registrar, or perhaps LGBTQ Resources or the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education, there are many Mason departments and offices that are here for you! It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil!
Remember what we told you at the beginning of the semester! This is your year. Let’s make the best of it! You still have plenty of time.
OCA signing out!
Geoffrey Payne, Off-Campus Advisor