It can be difficult to come back mentally from the holiday season. Brandon, a Leadership Council Member for the Graduate Nursing Student Academy, shares some tips and tricks to get ready for the spring semester.
During my first year as a PhD Student, I had a 6-week break between the conclusion of the fall semester and starting the spring semester. And of course, being new to graduate studies, I fell out of “practice” of being a good student over my break. Once classes resumed, I struggled to hit my stride. Through the years, I have a routine that I follow to ensure I am ready to hit the ground running when the semester starts. Here are a couple things that I do and recommend you try as well:
In all of the anxiety of starting a new semester, make sure that you also schedule some time away from school, whether it is a date with a significant other, time hanging out with friends, or having a Netflix binge session. For me, completing my PhD full time, working as a full time transplant coordinator, and being married with a 4-month-old at home means I have more than plenty of stress and anxiety, but taking time away from school to de-stress with my family gives me the charge that I need to continue on.
I hope these suggestions are helpful to you as you begin the spring semester. What are your strategies? How do you start off the new semester to make sure that you progress smoothly and complete all assignments on time? Join the GNSA and share your strategies by logging into GNSA Connect (don’t miss the introduction board). Tell us who you are, your current school and program, and share your nursing research interests to connect with others.
The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) provides high value programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at AACN member schools. The GNSA is committed to supporting graduate students preparing for careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical nurse leaders, policy experts, and healthcare administrators, among other roles.