Christopher A. Szpryngel, Acting Dean of the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, has shared his “5 Tips for a Successful Year.” He says, “Panning for a successful academic year at Post University is no different than developing a plan for a successful year in business or at home.” Here are his suggestions for making this the most successful year yet!
1. Get a planner. One of the most important tools at your disposal is a planner. Whether you choose a daily, weekly, or monthly planner, you need to find one that works for you and that you keep with you at all times. Write down all your appointments, class times, and things you expect to do for the day. Don’t forget your personal appointments such as doctor’s visits, oil changes, and vacations. Check your planner frequently to stay on track, especially at the start and end of each day. Leverage technology! Microsoft’s Outlook is a great way to store all this information electronically and access it from your dorm, home, library and off-campus. Your laptop and smartphone can help you stay organized and even remind you of upcoming events so you can stay on task and on time.
2. Check your academic calendar for the semester and year. The university develops an annual calendar that covers an entire year. It lists the days that classes begin and end, days there are no classes as well as deadlines such as registration, add/drop, mid-term and finals weeks, application for graduation, etc. Enter these dates in your planner so you know exactly when certain events and deadlines are occurring and are not caught off-guard.
3. Develop relationships with your professors and staff. Your professors have a wealth of knowledge about the workplace and industry you are considering entering once you graduate. In fact, many professors still have contacts in organizations who can help you when trying to find an internship or a job. Get to know your professors and most importantly, let them get to know you. Professors are more likely to recommend you if they know you can be successful somewhere. This is especially true if your grades may not be where you would like. There is still a good chance of being recommended if the professor knows you are a hard worker, punctual, collaborative and professional.
4. Get involved. There are so many things to do on campus, the really hard part is trying to fit it all in. Find a club or a society that you have an interest in and participate. Don’t just show up to meetings, volunteer to chair a committee, run for office and get others to join. There is no better way to meet more people and develop relationships than to be involved in the various organizations around campus. Consider volunteering at a charity. There are so many people who are less fortunate and in need of some assistance and there is always someone or a family in need of help. Find a cause that is near and dear to your heart and asks how you can help. Simply volunteering some of your time or collecting & donating items no longer used are great examples of helping out. You also get to meet community leaders and that can lead to internships and quite possibly even jobs!
5. Plan to have some fun. So after all the hard work you’ve done all week like studying for exams, preparing for a big class presentation, you need some time to recharge so you can be ready for the next set of challenges! Find some time in your planner to get out of your dorm room and go watch a movie, treat yourself to a restaurant you haven’t been to in a while, bring along some friends home with you for the weekend, or work on a hobby you have not done in a while. Whatever it is, find something that takes your mind off schoolwork and does something you enjoy.