A Smooth School-to-Summer Switch
By Erin L. Berry
At this point, the grind is real serious and exams, papers and presentations are underway if they aren’t already completed. You’re so close to the finish line, so here are some final tips to assist you through the end of the semester and through the summer.
Make sure that you understand the due dates on all assignments.
This is so important! I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I’ve seen people miss final deadlines on assignments and projects and either have to beg the professor for an extension or be faced with the conundrum of repeating the course. Quite frankly, you don’t have time to do this, so make sure that if you’re still unclear about any of your professor’s course requirements on any of your final requirements to complete the course successfully that you ask these immediately!
If you have fines, please pay them.
There is nothing worse than having a hold on your account for not paying a fine that you may have acquired at some point during the semester. Whether it be a parking ticket or library fine, go ahead and make arrangements to take care of these matters, so that you don’t have any holds on your account that could postpone anything in the near future. There is nothing worse than having an unsuspecting hold/balance on your account that you have to pay. So take care of it.
Though classes are ending, do something constructive.
Okay, so classes are ending soon and I’m sure that we’re all ready to take a much needed vacation – and I support you in those efforts, but just remember to keep those brain wheels turning. Whether you take a summer school class at Bowie, or take a class at another institution, do something. Read a book. Follow up with that hobby that you may have placed on the “back burner”. Visit a museum. Do something to keep your mind stimulated.
If you work hard, then you should play hard too! Enjoy your summer break amongst your work and learning. Life is truly too short to waste. Find out what the things are that bring you joy and put a smile on your face; be proactive about doing them. I’ve found that the simplest things bring me the most happiness, and maybe the same is for you as well. If you’re interested in traveling, research a spot and make plans to visit. If you’re interested in a music artist, seek out a live venue where they’re performing. There is nothing like hearing live music! If helping others puts a smile on your face, look into doing some volunteer work with a local charity, school or church. Not only will they be appreciative for your assistance, but you’ll be rewarded by knowing that you’re giving up your time and talents to help others.
As always, it has been a pleasure corresponding with you over the semester! I hope that my tips and suggestions have assisted you. Have a great summer! Peace.