Now that you are back and recharged, it's time to tackle a new semester. Being about just two weeks in by this point, the new routine should be getting fairly well established. Sometimes, though, it can be really difficult to get back into the swing of things. Recognizing that this semester is a whole different experience than the last one is key to maneuvering through it successfully.
How is the spring semester so different from the fall? Don't be fooled by the name; the spring semester is often much colder (and snowier) than the fall. This means there are more snow days, which, coupled with the more frequent holiday breaks, can make it harder to get adjusted to your new courses and to really buckle down and focus. Don't get me wrong, having an occasional snow day does wonders for a desperate soul. It's not all good though—nowadays, classes cancelled for snow are now required to have online assignments, which can sometimes turn out to be more work than if you were to actually have class.
The days are getting brighter sooner and longer, which does help foster an ambitious spirit in the air. Cease that spirit and begin to plan. The spring is a good time to map out what courses you need to take in the next year or so. It's also prime time to start applying for that summer job or internship. If you need help with how to put apply or put together a résumé, don't worry, Cabrini can help. The Center for Career and Professional Development offers career advising and support for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. Don't let the excuse "I don't know where to start" stop you from taking steps towards your future.
Last caution: spring fever. The air smells sweet of budding trees hugged by the warm arms of the sun. Every sight radiates beauty and every sound flows with a savory cadence. But just when hope seems restored to this cold, cruel world, suddenly the memory of having that 8:15 class and having that other five-page paper due tomorrow comes to ruin the day. These disjointed emotions can make a person feel dreadfully ill. Get some fresh air and try to enjoy the warmer weather as much as possible, but do stay on top of your classes and don't get behind.