August 2014
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Beyond survival, how to thrive this semester

Words and photo by Romany Manuell

survival photo

Previously on Survivor…

It’s been an exhilarating first four weeks of semester and you’ve made it all the way to Survival Week. Congratulations! It’s time to stop, take a look around, and see how you’re faring in terms of your work/life balance. That is the real key not just to surviving but thriving.

First things first. Immunity is up for grabs.

Well, perhaps not immunity, exactly. No one is completely immune from dropping the ball occasionally. However, if you have found yourself partying too hard, there is always a way to get back on track. Try working through part of Language and Learning Online to learn more about Task-Oriented Study.

Let’s get to today’s reward challenge.

They say that learning is its own reward. That’s true! But do you know what’s even more rewarding? Going to visit a Librarian or Learning Skills Adviser. Each branch library holds drop-in sessions to answer your questions and work with you, whether you are looking for information on a topic, or wanting to make sure you have structured that essay effectively. If you need help, all you have to do is ask for it.

Behind each of you is a torch. Once your fire is gone, so are you.

When you are in the depth of assignment time, and your mid-semester exams are approaching, it can be difficult to remember to enjoy your studies and to find passion for what you are learning. To kindle that fire, try to make connections between subjects and the real world. How might what you’re learning apply to your future (or current) career? Don’t forget to maintain social connections with your classmates and friends who can help you see the big picture again.

Student, it’s time for you to go.

Back to study, that is.

Romany Manuell is a Subject Librarian working within the Library’s Social Inclusion Programs (HEPPP).

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