Fall semester was tough.
From ugly mental breakdowns to managing to get a B in statistics, my first semester of grad school was no walk in the park. I learned a lot about my strengths, interests, and weaknesses.
I learned that mental health is an essential part of staying healthy and staying focus on educational goals. Because of the hardships I faced, I decided to make my spring 2018 semester goals to focus on both grades and mental health.
Here are this semester’s goals:
1. Visit the Mind and Body Lab.
The University of Texas has a fantastic Mind and Body Lab that helps with breathing exercises and stress levels. Even though this will be my second semester, it won’t be any easier. By making multiple trips, I can focus just on my mental health and have school and work take the backseat for a while.
2. Do not doubt yourself.
Statistics was the hardest class I had to take this past fall semester. While it was astonishing that I got a B, a lot of my failures in that course was my self-doubt. I need to realize that I am much smarter than I think I am and that I can do anything.
This upcoming semester, I am taking the second part of my statistics course with the same professor. That means that I know what he looks for in his exams and how he teaches. As long as I read ahead, pay attention and take better notes, I have no reason to doubt myself.
3. Keep up the good grades.
My statistics grade was the lowest from the three courses I took last semester. I worked my butt off to do well in those classes, and nothing should change.
4. Go to the gym.
While I didn’t go to the gym as much as I wanted in the fall, the times I did made me feel better due to the ability to release any anxiety or stress I had.
Since I am only working four days a week this semester, I want to make it a habit to try to go often, even if its to walk for 20 minutes on the treadmill.
Alright spring semester, let’s see what’s in store.