How Can You Start Off The New Quarter Strong?

By: OSI Blogger Jacki Licciardi


Well it’s that time again. The new quarter at DePaul has begun and this is your chance to start out strong while avoiding the catch up game. So the holidays are over, winter break has ended… quicker than I anticipated, and classes are underway. The weather has dropped to freezing and wearing my ski goggles to walk to class doesn’t sound so crazy.

If you’re like me at all, being a college student can take a back seat during breaks. Again, break is over. I know it’s hard to digest but we need to get into gear and start this quarter off like a rock star.

Starting out the new quarter strong means understanding that the first few weeks and even days can have a long lasting impact on the rest of our quarter. So where should you focus your efforts?

Manage your time. Effective time management skills might just be one of the most important skills you can learn as a college student, I know it was for me. The system of managing your time is different for everyone. What works for me or your roommate might not work for you. Find something that works for you! Use it every day. Get a planner. Make a list. Print and highlight each due date on your syllabus. Set reminders.

Get involved. This is important for many reasons but one reason is because involvement helps you meet new friends. The key here is to not get over involved. Join one student organization and see how it goes and how well it fits into your schedule. Having a support system will help you stay on top of your work. Log in at

Order your books. Many classes at DePaul use D2L which, means you can prepare for your readings and assignments before the classes have started. Having your book ready for the first day of class will help you feel and be prepared. Oh and it shows your professor you are here to learn. You mean business this quarter. So if you haven’t ordered your books, order them.

Come to class on time. Showing up late to class (or anywhere) can give the wrong impression of your character or priorities. Starting off the quarter strong means showing up to class on time and prepared. I am guilty of this myself but it’s a new quarter and a new year so lets be on time.

Spend time for healthy and fun activities. College is stressful, we all know that. So spending time relieving stress is going to help you academically. With so many events coming up like the Winter Involvement Fairs, #DePaulAfterDark and Blue Demon Week #BDW2015 you have plenty of options. So, I’ll see you there?

I don’t know about you but I am going to purchase my books and start writing down my assignments in my day planner. Good luck this quarter. You’ll be great, I have a good feeling about it.


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… Jacki Licciardi is currently working in the Office of Student Involvement as the Program Assistant for Social Media and Leadership Development. Jacki is also a current graduate student at DePaul studying College Student Development.


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