How I Plan to Succeed this Quarter and Bend My Stress

Already, it is going to be the start of a new quarter. The long summer is dying and coming to an end. Boy, was it a hot summer. But as the old saying goes, as something comes to an end, another begins. And for me, it is the beginning of a new quarter. My quarter starts this Thursday, the 22nd. As always, my mind wonders what the new quarter will be like. Will I have many obstacles? Will I completely dominate? But perhaps the biggest concern for me is will I be stressed? Can I deal with it well? The reason that stress presents a huge concern for me is because in the past, I have had a few occasions where stress was a detrimental factor in my academic performance. Nonetheless, the start of a new quarter gives me intense motivation and thus, I have time for great planning before the quarter can start.

Remember, there is no need to stress about anything this quarter/semester. The only thing you should focus on is to work as hard as you can and know that if you work hard, you will greet nothing but success in the end. Do not stress about your previous academic history or lose confidence over anything else. There is no time for that. Just continue to keep up the excellent work and have a great quarter. That is what I intend to do.

I know that I must prepare mentally in order to be successful this quarter. It is without a doubt. The only thing really that can mess me up this quarter is stress. Thus, if I cannot avoid it, I might as well learn to beat it. Here are the things that I plan to do, (or not do) in order to be successful this quarter.

  1. Avoid distractions
  2. Manage time wisely
  3. Utilize time wisely
  4. Read textbooks actively
  5. Bend the stress
  6. Eat nutritiously
  7. Persevere through any outcome for exams
  8. Take excellent notes and review them well
  9. Be the master of my notes
  10. Ask many questions
  11. Do well early in the course to prevent built up stress
  12. Sleep well when you need to
  13. Study late when you have to
  14. Cease studying if you don’t feel good
  15. Learning dominates all other worries of the course
  16. Manage deadlines well
  17. Avoid procrastination
  18. Be dedicated
  19. Balance all extracurricular activities 
  20. Treat every course equally. No class is “more important” than the other when you are studying.

Well, here it goes. Getting ready to start a new quarter. And I must say, I am really excited. I have an important quarter on my hands and I bet it is just as important for all of you. Remember, three months of intense academics. It is go time, so I hope you are fired up! I hope you read this article and picked up on some tips here and there about the quarter. I wish you the best of luck and skill! Bend your stress, always remember that. Success is at your fingertips when you work hard and put in that effort. You can do it, only after you work hard and put forth the effort.  


Fire that up stress benders!






About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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  • Hell yea I agree with all your points on how to avoid stress. The hardest point for me is too stay up late when needed. I need to work on that. My body tends to tire out at 12 am. Again much respect my man!

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