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How to hit refresh on a new semester

By Emma 17 Dec 2019
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If you’re like me, during those last few weeks when I’m cramming for exams or trying to complete those last assignments, everything else in my life falls by the wayside. Laundry piles up, my gym gear doesn’t see the light of day and my study space gets messy.

Now that the semester is over, apart from being able to enjoy my life again, I have the chance to catch up on everything I couldn’t handle having to do during those final few weeks of semester. If you can relate, take this chance to dust off the cobwebs and hit the refresh button so that by the time the next semester starts, you’re ready for it.

1. Replenish your Vitamin A levels

During the last few weeks of semester, you will probably have spent an exorbitant amount of time hunched over your laptop. Now semester is over, it’s time to get outside, get active and remember what it’s like to breathe freely again.

For fun ways to spend your holiday without blowing the budget, check out USQ’s Stingy Student Series.

2. Step away from the chocolate

If you’ve hit the chocolate and junk food hard in the lead up to exams, use the holiday to clean up your diet. Start cooking your own meals, making sure you include lots of veges, and switch your snacks back to fruit. For bonus points, you could even start making extras and freezing them so by the time the next semester starts, you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running.

Need some recipe inspiration? Check out this these recipes or whet your appetite with the delicious recipes pinned on our Pinterest account.

3. Restore order to your kingdom

If all you’ve been wearing lately is PJs and sweatpants, now semester is over, it’s time to catch up on laundry. This might not be the most fun task, but there’s only so many times you can turn your underwear different ways, and your friends will thank you for making this a priority.

Another great way to spend your holidays is by cleaning out your wardrobe. In case you hadn’t noticed, winter is no longer coming, it’s here (you might have missed this while you were cramming your head full of knowledge). While you have time before semester starts, bring out all your winter woollies and put away those summer frocks and togs. If you discover any items of clothing you haven’t worn since last year, it might be time to cut the cord and make a trip to your local Salvos or Lifeline donation stores.

For more tips on how to make sure your donation can be used and ends up where you intended, check out Laurie’s blog Clothing reincarnation: getting it right.

Clean desk space with computer

4. Rid yourself of the previous semester

If you’ve been hitting the books hard of late, you now have the pleasure of getting rid of all semester-specific study materials you no longer need. This is my favourite kind of cleaning, because it feels so darn cathartic! It also helps you feel organised for next semester.

Here are some suggestions that will have you feeling better in no time:

  • Wipe the dust from your screen
  • Get rid of all those study notes you no longer need (recycle!)
  • File anything you think you might need again
  • Back up all of your files to an external hard-drive
  • Delete any unused programs or documents from your computer
  • Close all those ‘just in case’ tabs
  • Reward yourself for all your hard work with some new stationery, or a vase of flowers to brighten up your space.

The fact that you made it through another semester should definitely be celebrated and it’s important that you take the time in between semesters to relax, enjoy yourself and catch up on everything you didn’t have time for during semester.

These 4 tips will hopefully help you refresh and have you rearing to get back into study next semester, but if you need a little more convincing, maybe Alex’s tips for bouncing back from holidays and finding your study mojo will help.

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