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Five Things Every First-Year Undergrad Should Do During the Spring Semester


Posted on February 16, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

If you've begun the spring semester of your first year of college - congratulations! You're successfully halfway done with your first year. You've made it past all of the nervousness and uncertainty that comes with the first semester of college so now you can be comfortable during the spring semester.

This semester, there are a few things you should prioritize before you head home for the summer. Check out the things every first year undergrad should do their spring semester at Delaware Valley University. 

1.       Review last semester and set new goals.

One way to make sure your second semester of college is successful is to evaluate your first semester. In what areas did you excel, both academically and personally? Were your grades satisfactory or is there room for improvement? Did you study as much as you could have? Did you take the necessary time to unwind and relax? Finding out the answers to all of these questions will help you determine where you could change your behavior in order to have a better semester. 

The start of a semester also gives you the opportunity to set new goals. What are you looking to achieve this year? Would you like to increase your GPA? Or do you think you should be spending more time participating in extracurricular activities? Set some goals and figure out a clear cut plan to achieve each of them. 

2.        Join a club or organization.

You may have been apprehensive to join a club as soon as you started your college career, but now is the perfect opportunity to get involved. You've had an entire semester to find out about clubs or organizations that spark your interest and appeal to you. If you're aware of some that you'd like to join, talk to people that are already in the club.

Attend a meeting or two to get an idea of what goes on in the club and what types of events they are a part of. This will help you determine which club you think you'll like the most.

Joining a club or organization is a great way to make new friends while doing something that you enjoy, and with the 70+ clubs that Delaware Valley University offers, you're sure to find the right one for you.

3.        Check out spring activities happening on campus.

In the spring time, most colleges have plenty of activities going on to celebrate the warm weather and enjoy each other's company. Whether it's a concert or an arts festival, a campus wide activity is a great way to spend time with your peers and meet new friends. 

Being a spectator at one of your college's sports games is also a great way to show your pride for your school and cheer on your classmates. 

4.       Find a summer job or internship.

While it may seem like summer is far away, the rest of the semester will fly by and you'll be packing up and heading home before you know it. Now is the time to start planning your summer and looking for a job or internship.

Get started on your résumé and cover letters and make a list of places you want to apply.

If you're in need of assistant with résumé creation or job search strategies, head over to The Center for Student Professional Development.

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