The Time is Now
If you’ve been looking for a sign, this is it. Whatever sign you needed this is it. August is here, new beginnings are amongst us and the time is now. It’s time to mentally prepare yourself for the upcoming semester because it’s never too early to begin working towards new goals. Proper preparation prevents poor performance, I promise if you work toward your goals now you will thank yourself later. As minority students in college, we must realize the importance of staying ahead so we are never behind. August is the month for new opportunities, new goals, new everything, it’s time to find a new way to grind.
The 2017-2018 school year was my most challenging school year yet. I took the maximum number of hours I could with some of the most challenging professors at my university, but still I came out on top with a 4.0 GPA, a paid internship, and another scholarship, but what led to such drive last school year? I can tell you it was because of the mistakes I made in the previous school year.
I attend a PWI in the South, despite having a diverse campus with a booming African American community, I still found myself being one of the only people of color in most of my classes. I came to the realization that I represent much more than myself when I am in the classroom, I represent my family, my community, and my ethnic group. I found a drive behind my purpose for my education, so I knew I had to do my best.
This change didn’t happen overnight, but it can happen quickly if you change your approach. If you want to see change you must change your mindset now! It doesn’t even have to be related to academics it can be whatever you’ve been wanting to work on but remember the time is now. You can’t enter a new stage of life with the same bad habits and expect different results, you have to change your methods and approach. So what can you do to enter a new semester and do your best?
Believe me when I say networking changes everything, networking is key to having the support system you need especially with challenging professors. Research your professors, drop by their office hours to introduce yourself, talk to them about your educational goals, and career plans even the most nonchalant professor will begin to engage in small discussions with you overtime. Also, network with classmates as well, find organizations that interest you and plan to attend their org meeting, this is a great way to make new friends with likeminded people like you.
2. GET AHEAD OF THOSE READINGS.
Many professors have a curriculum that will never change so therefore the time is now to begin to read and comprehend those chapters. When you read ahead you’re able to make connections with what is discussed during classroom lectures and even get a jumpstart on future assignments.
To those of you entering college, graduate schools, or new programs at a new campus the time is now to find your classes, important buildings, the library and more. It’s better to navigate the campus beforehand than to be lost on your first day. If you can’t check your campus out in person before classes start research the campus online to see if a virtual tour is available.
4. GO TO BED.
Get your sleeping habits on track, there’s nothing worse than having bad sleeping habits during the semester. Put the phone down an hour before bed, pray, meditate, and think! Escape reality for a second and think about what all you want to accomplish for the upcoming school year, speak it into existence, prepare to make it happen and then go to bed. Try your best to be energized and prepared for the next day so that you can be on you’re A game!
The possibilities are endless, but the time is now to get on your grind! Don’t watch it happen, make it happen. Make this your best semester yet, glow, grow, grind, and don’t get left behind!
About the Author
Destiny Wells is a Senior at Sam Houston State University pursuing a B.S. in Education with a minor in Psychology. After completion of undergrad she plans to enroll in a dual M.A./PhD program in Counseling Psychology. With her education she hopes to bring awareness to mental health in predominately black communities and school systems across the United States.