Level up for fall

Student preparing for fall semester at ASU

You’re only a few days in to fall semester. Whether you’re looking forward to acing your midterms or the next on-campus event, we’re adding one more thing to your list of things to think about (sorry!). Our focus is on making next year, and the rest of your college experience, the best ever.

Reach for the academic stars

Consider this a cheat code for excelling academically. Focus on a topic you find interesting and reach out to a professor doing research in that area. See if they are looking for assistance, whether in a paid or volunteer role. It’s an invaluable experience that could help launch your career. You can also try searching for opportunities by college. Many colleges offer tools to help search for research opportunities in your field of study, and some like the School of Life Sciences, even helps you find a research mentor.

Vote for [your name here]

If you haven’t joined a student organization yet, get on it. If you have, now is the time to aim for a leadership role. Make your goal to be a part of leadership for at least one group on campus next school year. It doesn’t have to be academic — it can even be quidditch! Make it an opportunity to work on your leadership skills, with the added benefit that it will look great on your resume.

Flip your script

College doesn’t last forever (even if it feels like it sometimes). If you have a college bucket list, now is the time to start checking things off. If you’ve always wanted to be Sparky, try out for a mascot role. If you plan to study abroad, attend a Study Abroad 101 info session and start planning. You’re the captain now.

Deep breath in. And exhale.

Spending a good chunk of the year exhausted and stressed is not something you want to repeat. Make self-care a priority. Start a schedule for your days that lets you accomplish what you need in order to manage stress and fit in some relaxation. Another great destressor is spending time helping others. Look into volunteer opportunities near campus and get started helping others and helping yourself.


Adulting 101

Sun Devils turn to ASU Adulting 101 to learn (some of) the things not taught in class. Not sure about how to do something? Need to connect with an expert? We got you.


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