31 08, 2022

Tips for Starting a New Semester

By |2022-08-31T21:22:35-05:00August 31st, 2022|college students, college tips, fall semester, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tips for Starting a New Semester

Tips for Starting a New Semester

Starting a new semester is always exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. New classes, new friends, and new opportunities also means new responsibilities, obligations and commitments—it’s a lot to figure out all at once.

Everyone wants to have it all, the social and academic balance, but it can be difficult to manage once you’re already in the thick of it. If week 1 didn’t go your way, that’s completely okay! Pause, remember what your goals were and hit that reset button!

Here are some tips on how to start your semester strong.

1. Make Goals

Set goals for what you want to achieve this semester beforehand so you can the most out of your time on campus. Start by setting big picture goals and then break them down into smaller and more achievable tasks, this will keep you focused and help you to not get overwhelmed this semester.

2. Have a Schedule (and stick with it!)

An established routine is key to success. Structure in your daily life will make things more manageable so that you have time to get everything done than you need to achieve for that week. Making time in advance for school, friends, extracurriculars or whatever your goals are will help you to keep up when the semester gets busy.

3. Use Your Resources

It is important to utilize your academic and career resources to get the maximum benefits out of your campus. Make sure you take advantage of your academic advisors, office hours and other campus resources like tutoring to help you succeed.

4. Get Involved Early

College isn’t just about classes; it is important to become a part of your campus community in groups that help you feel supported and to spend time doing things you like. This can look like joining a cultural or religious club or signing up for intramural sports – get involved!

5. Update Your Resume

It is important to keep your resume updated, especially if you are planning on applying for jobs on campus or internships. Updating it before the summer ends makes any upcoming opportunities easier to tackle!

6. Take Care of Yourself

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forgot to take care of yourself. You will have so many amazing opportunities and responsibilities this upcoming semester, don’t forget to give yourself time to breathe. Take breaks, exercise, and make time for yourself.

And remember, college is not only about academics. Have fun and stay healthy, you are only here for a short time so make the most out of it!

10 04, 2022

How to Become a Morning Person

By |2022-04-10T13:20:45-05:00April 10th, 2022|college students, college tips, spring semester|Comments Off on How to Become a Morning Person

Oftentimes college students try to avoid early classes, but waking up early will help lead to a more productive lifestyle. 

No one looks forward to hearing their alarm go off, which causes lots of us to hit snooze once, twice, or way too many times than we should. Then we realize we are late and have to rush out the door to get to class. Despite having to leave the comfort of our beds, waking up early and creating a routine can lead to significant changes in our lives.

3 tips on how to become a morning person:

1. Create a consistent sleep schedule.

Going to bed and waking up at the same time helps our bodies to get into a schedule which helps us to be more alert when we wake up. Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep as most people need six to eight hours of sleep.

2. Have all your things packed up and ready for the morning.

Having your bag packed and your clothes picked out help you to make less decisions in the morning so you can be more efficient and arrive early.

3. Give yourself plenty of time in the morning.

Start your mornings off at a relaxed pace and creating time for yourself and your mental health can help improve your attitude. Simply taking five minutes to meditate or pray and allow yourself to not worry about anything can put you in a great mood to tackle the day. For those feeling ambitious you can even use the extra time in the mornings to get a workout in.

Just taking these simple steps and waking up early will make your life more productive and organized. The results will leave you more time to hang out with friends and to pursue the things you enjoy. All it takes is starting healthy habits and not hitting snooze!

17 03, 2022

The Joy of March Madness

By |2022-03-17T12:13:47-05:00March 17th, 2022|college students, sports, spring break, spring semester|Comments Off on The Joy of March Madness

While over 350 teams were eligible to win the NCAA tournament at the beginning of the season, the pool has now been narrowed down to 64 as March Madness is upon us. This is an exciting time for fans of schools that have been included in the tournaments, as upsets and Cinderella stories are commonplace. Luckily for us at Campus Crates, we have multiple schools represented in the NCAA tournament, and 1 in the NIT tournament.

Baylor

Coming in at the first seed is Baylor, where Campus Crates was first started. Baylor is a heavy favorite against Norfolk State on Thursday and with a win, will take on the winner of Marquette and UNC Saturday. After winning the tournament last year, Baylor fans obviously have high hopes for their team coming into this year and many of us at Campus Crates share that same sentiment.

University of Texas at Austin

Another Big 12 powerhouse that Campus Crates serves is the University of Texas. Coming in at the 6th seed, Texas will face a tough test early against Virginia Tech, still riding high off of their ACC Championship victory over Duke. While Texas is the slight favorite going into this game, many expect an exciting performance from both teams. With a win over Virginia Tech, Texas would likely face Purdue. While Texas certainly has a tough road ahead of them going into the tournament, if they play the way they have in the regular season, anything is possible. 

TCU

TCU is also represented in the tournament and is a school that some believe could be a potential Cinderella story. TCU ended their season on a somewhat high note, beating UT in the Big 12 tournament and staying competitive against Kansas. In the first round, TCU will be taking on Seton Hall in what is likely to be a very competitive game. With a win they would likely face Arizona who is the first seed. While TCU also has a tough road ahead of them, they played well towards the end of the season and should certainly not be counted out.

SMU

Lastly, SMU will be a part of the NIT tournament. While it does not garner as much attention as the NCAA tournament, some big names are still involved, such as Texas A&M and Oklahoma. SMU enters the tournament as the first seed and will play Nicholls State first. Many teams still take the NIT tournament very seriously and SMU is a legitimate contender to win.

With four of our markets represented in March Madness, many members of the Campus Crates team are extremely excited to root for their respective schools and watch all of the madness unfold. 

3 03, 2022

Recharging during the Break

By |2022-03-03T16:25:36-06:00March 3rd, 2022|college students, spring break, spring semester|Comments Off on Recharging during the Break

Spring. Break.

The two words that get every college student’s attention in the second semester. 

In the middle of the semester students often find themselves tired and burnt out. The end of the semester seems so far away and their battery is running low. And that’s when Spring Break comes at the perfect time. The chance to relax and have a week full of endless possibilities causes everyone to be buzzing about their Spring Break plans when it’s approaching. Some people go off on trips to get a change of scenery while others go and seek the comforts of home.

For me I am looking forward to going back home to see my family and my dogs. Being at home allows me to unwind and relax. The comforts of home helps me to recharge for the last part of the semester because it gives me a chance to slow down from the weekly grind of classes and homework. Also, being at home gives me time to reflect on how my semester has gone and how I am working towards my personal goals.

For others, going on trips they recharge by venturing out of their college bubble looking for fun. Some might go to the beach or some might hit the mountains for a ski trip. These experiences create great memories for lots of people that they will always look back on. These trips help people to recharge by being around the people they care about without having to worry about any of the worries from school.

Regardless of what one chooses to do during Spring Break it is important to allow oneself to rest and recharge so that they can finish strong!

24 01, 2022

Restarting New Year’s Resolutions

By |2022-01-24T17:59:05-06:00January 24th, 2022|college students, college tips, spring semester|Comments Off on Restarting New Year’s Resolutions

The start of the New Year marks an exciting time for everyone. Whether you’re a believer in goals or resolutions, most people are hopeful of what the new year may bring. However bold we might be coming out of the holiday season into the fresh unknown, it can certainly be hard to follow through on those goals. 

Studies as of 2016 show that only 9 percent of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions feel that they achieve them. Out of the Americans who set resolutions, a disproportionate number have given up within the first month or even weeks of the New Year. For college students, this can be even more difficult once classes start up and free time begins to dissipate. If that’s the case, it’s likely that a great number of us (myself included) have already given up their resolutions?

Essential tips to restart your New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Narrow the focus on your most important goals

If you’re anything like me, I aimed far and wide in 2022. Surely, since self-improvement goals all have a positive impact, the more the merrier, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t typically the case. The more goals you have, the less likely you are able to follow through. It may make sense to reevaluate your goals for this year in light of what you’ve found to be more critical to your personal fulfillment and development.

2. Re-define your goal

After starting a new goal, you may find that the target was a little off. That’s not to say that one month represents your full year potential! However, some of our initial goals may not be realistic given our history or current situation. For example, if you aimed to workout 6 times per week this year but find it won’t be possible with your course-load, it may make sense to aim for 4 or 5 times per week. There is no shame in altering your goals to be more achievable.

3. Break down your goal for the next month

If you’ve had trouble maintaining focus on a year-long goal, it may be better to set more short-term goals. These goals may ultimately point toward a long-term goal, and are often easier to maintain. If you’re hoping to become a morning person in 2022, it will be a lot easier to set a goal of waking up 30 minutes earlier in February than you did in January, and so on. This can be much less scary than jumping straight into the deep end of the pool!

4. Give yourself a little grace

It can be easy to go hard on yourself after you feel like you fell flat on your New Year’s resolutions. At the same time, remember that it’s meant to be a positive impact, and you may not always succeed. If you mess up on a goal or underperform one week, that doesn’t mean you need to wait until next year to start over. To remain persistent in your goals, remember to give yourself grace when you slip up. You can’t change who you are overnight, but you can certainly get 1% better each day. 

Regardless if you are still pursuing or restarting a resolution this New Year, I hope these tips are an encouragement! Best of luck to all students in their spring semester and broader 2022 goals.