Mistakes are meant for learning, not repeating.

Fall 2023. New semester, new me!

It’s that time of year again, where students gear up for a fresh start, eager to make the most of their academic journey. But let’s be honest, sometimes we get a little too carried away with our resolutions and end up putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves.

So instead, let’s take a step back and have some fun with the things we will NOT be doing next semester. Who knows what might happen?


Cat planning on a table

Let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of planning our days down to the minute, only to feel stressed and overwhelmed when things don’t go according to plan.

That’s why this semester, I will not be overplanning. Instead, I will allow myself some flexibility and spontaneity.

Who knows, maybe I’ll stumble upon a new hobby or meet someone interesting by taking a different route to class.

Leaving things to the last minute

Gif of a man going in circles on a chair

Ah, procrastination, the bane of every student’s existence. While it may seem like a good idea to leave things until the last minute when we want to take a break, it often leads to rushed work and unnecessary stress.

That’s why this semester, I will not be leaving things until the last minute. Instead, I will prioritize my workload and tackle assignments in a timely manner.

Who knows, maybe I’ll actually have time to enjoy a weekend without worrying about unfinished work.

Not using resources

man writing

In a world where information is just a click away, it’s important to make use of the resources available to us.

This semester, I will not be avoiding resources. Instead, I will take advantage of the library, online databases, and tutoring services to enhance my learning experience.

Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a new favorite author or gain a better understanding of a complex subject.

Neglecting my insurance benefits

doctor with a facemark on, looking

Let’s be real, most of us forget about our insurance until we actually need it.

This semester, I will not be neglecting my insurance. Instead, I will make a conscious effort to use up my benefits, whether it be scheduling a check-up or visiting the campus health center for a flu shot.

Who knows, maybe I’ll catch a potential health issue early and save myself some trouble down the road.

Not volunteering

policewoman thanking people for volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and gain valuable experience.

This semester, I will not be avoiding volunteer opportunities. Instead, I will actively seek out ways to volunteer my time and skills, whether it be through a campus club or local organization.

Who knows, maybe I’ll make a difference in someone’s life or learn a new skill that will help me in my future career

Not saying yes to new opportunities

spongebob and Patrick looking at each other

Sometimes we get so caught up in our routine that we forget to say yes to new opportunities.

This semester, I will not be turning down opportunities. Instead, I will be open to new experiences and say yes to things that may be outside of my comfort zone.

Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a new passion or make lifelong friends.

There you have it, the things I will NOT be doing next semester. While it’s important to set goals and resolutions, it’s also important to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously. Here’s to a new semester, a new me, and a lot of fun along the way!

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