5 ways to kick off the new semester right

New year, new semester, new you. Or so the saying kinda goes. But just like most sayings, it’s easier said than done.

Checking off your laundry list of pens, planners and Post-Its is great to make sure you’re academically prepared, but your mind and body need some prep too. Here are five ways to kick off the semester right:

Start a workout routine

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New year, new healthier body! Whether it’s at-home workouts, a group fitness gym membership or a promise to go to your university’s facility, start the year out with a realistic exercise goal. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, boost happiness and even help you focus during your study sessions.

Read a motivating book

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Photo by Alexis Paige

Getting in a positive mindset is the perfect way to kick off the year in more motivated than ever. For those that need a gentle push to ones who need a slap of reality, there is an option out there for everyone. You can even get an audio version and listen to it while you workout, drive or shower.  

Purge negative friends

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With the theme of positivity, you can’t just pump in uplifting vibes, but you gotta ditch the negative ones too. It’s not always easy to do, but if someone is bringing more negativity into your life than positivity, it’s time to break up.

Go all natural

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New year means new found confidence! Forget society saying your natural hair doesn’t fit the norms, and just rock it! It may seem a little daunting at first, not knowing how to style or treat it, but don’t worry we got you covered.


Plan, plan, plan

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Don’t enter the new year not knowing what’s to come or what you want to get out of it. Instead plan what is ahead, what you want to accomplish this semester both academically and non and even some inspiring quotes.