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how to survive & thrive during spring semester

Let’s face it. By the end of last semester I was SO ready for a break. I think I can speak for anyone when I say that once we get to the end of a semester, we often feel like we’re barely going to make it out alive! But now that we’ve had a five week break, we’re ready to a fresh new start. Wahoo, let’s get this new semester started!!

To help you kick off the semester right, here is a list of Zeta endorsed tips to surviving and thriving all semester long!

1. Find a new study place

There’s no better way to get a fresh start with studying than finding a new place to go! Try finding a different spot in the library (have you tried the tables outside at Einstein’s?) or venture to the business school’s rooftop patio. Going off campus is another great way to get a change of scenery. We recommend checking out Vestavia’s Library in the Forest, O’Henry’s coffee shop, Church Street coffee, and Red Cat.

2. Take a break!

Study hard and do your homework, but don’t forget to take a break! Get outside-go for a hike, walk on the trails, or shop at the Summit. Your brain will thank you for the much needed break, and you’ll be more focused when you get back to studying.

3. Treat yo self

Feed your brain – it’s crucial to have study energy! Get creative in the caf as much as you can but don’t be afraid to branch out even more. Since eating out can get expensive, Pinterest has lots of dorm room healthy food hacks you can make yourself. From avocado toast and apples and peanut butter sandwiches to mug mac & cheese in the microwave, there are plenty of ways to get a good meal without breaking the bank. And when you’re really needing to treat yo self…Urban Cookhouse’s half-baked cookie will definitely do the trick.

4. Get a move on!

Exercise helps get your brain juices flowing! Samford’s on-campus gym is super convenient, and the trails across the street are a great way to get outside and get moving. Taking a 20-30 minute study break each day to exercise can increase productivity and improve your mood. Give it a try-you won’t regret it! Looking for a new workout spot? Check out the Mountain Brook trails or Rotary Trail Downtown. Railroad Park is fun too!

5. A little bit of coffee…

I had never tried coffee until last semester (true story) and now coffee shop hopping has become one of my new favorite hobbies. Nothing goes better with studying than a good cup of coffee! Here are a few Bham coffee shop faves: Red Cat, O’Henry’s, Church Street, Seeds, Octane, Urban Standard…and the list goes on. So wake up & smell the coffee-it’ll help you study!

6. …and a whole lotta Jesus

We. Need. Jesus. Oh. So. Much. College is awesome and fun and exciting, but it can also be hard and stressful and exhausting. We can’t do this alone-we NEED Jesus every day! Making time to be in the Word and drawing closer to God is so important. Get involved in a Bible study, join an on-campus ministry (Delight, Reign, Campus Outreach, etc), get plugged into a local church. ZTA has Bible studies within our sorority too! Our hearts yearn to be in fellowship with others. Take advantage of the awesome opportunities on campus and in the community to get involved! If you don’t know where to start, ZTA’s chaplain, Haley Shrewsbury, is an awesome resource. Also reach out to any of our sisters-we’re here to support and encourage each other 🙂

7. Get into a regular schedule

Getting settled into a routine will improve study habits and organization. There’s nothing more comforting than getting into the groove of a new semester! Planning ahead and setting a schedule will help keep procrastination away too.

8. Sleep!!!

Living the double life of a night owl and early bird only goes so far. Getting enough sleep not only improves your mood and helps you focus, but it also improves your health. Challenge yourself to go to bed earlier if you have morning classes-you’ll be glad you did!

9. Get to know Bham

Samford is nestled in the sweetest spot in all of Birmingham, surrounded by fun places to explore. Get out there and check it out! Here are a few favorite Zeta spots–Pepper Place farmer’s market, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Railroad Park, downtown Homewood, and Mountain Brook villages. (blog post with more of Zeta’s go-to Bham spots coming soon)

10. Friends are family

“I get by with a little help from my friends” couldn’t be more relevant than it is in college. These people surrounding you 24/7 are not just your friends, they’re your campus family! Spending time with friends in the midst of busy and chaotic times is such a comfort. Having a strong support system of friends – both within the sorority and outside – is so important to surviving a semester!

Let’s kick of the semester strong and stay strong to the end! Spring semester always FLIES by so be sure to savor every moment – even the ones spent buried in the library for hours studying for five tests.

So here we go – let’s do this!


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