How to Build Your Best Year Yet

By Study and Go Abroad Modified on August 30, 2019

5 ways to create the life you want to live, at home and abroad.

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1. Get your sleep in

Likely over the summer vacation, you've got into the habit of going to bed late, and sleeping in — and if you're not totally functioning by noon, no big deal. However, now that school is back, you'll need to get used to going to bed earlier so you're up and ready for classes. Well rested, not only will you be able to really pay attention in class, but you'll likely be more fun for your friends to hang around with. So if nothing else, do it for them!

2. Be organized

This may include packing your bag for classes the night before, setting up reminders for assignment deadlines — and if you're a classic procrastinator, scheduling time in your day to study. If you find it difficult to study at home, plan to go to a library or a coffee shop.

3. Balance your social life with your studies

Having a good balance of social life and studies is healthy, for sure. However, if you're studying full-time, then your studies should be centre stage. Accept the fact that you might not be on call 24/7 for your friends and other social engagements. Choose your friends carefully — if your studies are important to you, don't hang out with the party crowd.

4. Start building your resumé

It's never too early to start thinking about what you want to do, and what skills, experience and interests your future employer will be interested in. Talk to people with careers you may want to pursue. Consider volunteering or taking an internship in a field that grabs your attention.

5. Become a global citizen

In our ever-more competitive global workplace, international experience is really important. Various studies have shown that students who study abroad will find it easier to find a job than their counterparts, and will start on higher salaries and be promoted more quickly. Consider a short-term exchange, a post-graduate program abroad, or an internship overseas. Find out more at the Study and Go Abroad Fair.

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