Tips For Finishing the Spring Semester Strong - Daily Hudson Valley News

Tips For Finishing the Spring Semester Strong

Jan 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Newburgh, N.Y. – January 2011 — As winter break comes to a close, undergraduates are returning to campus to begin spring semester.

In the Northeast, that means going back to class when it’s cold and snowy, with limited sunshine. Even though the weather can be dreary, students need to shine bright and do their best. Their future careers depend on it.

Carolyn Brauer, education professor at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.,offers the following tips for finishing strong in the second semester.

* Approach each day with a positive attitude. Smile, even though it may be snowing…again.

* Keep your eye on the prize. Your goal is to complete the spring semester with the strongest grades.

* Develop time management skills and stay organized.

* Be prepared to be challenged in your new classes, so think on your feet.

* Ask questions and seek help from faculty, if needed. They are there to support you and help you succeed.

* Eat healthy, get some exercise each day and take vitamins.

* Don’t short change yourself with a lack of sleep.

* There will be good days and bad days, so keep it in perspective and continue moving forward.

* Plan time for fun with friends.  Relaxation and rest are just as important as pushing yourself to achieve your goals.

* And, as the weather starts to warm, beware of spring fever.

The education program at Mount Saint Mary College has earned high grades in preparing qualified teachers. While New York State requires an 80 percent pass rate on tests for licensure, Mount graduates score at 98 percent.

Another distinctive feature is early placement in fieldwork.  Student teaching begins in the sophomore year, much earlier than at other colleges.

Mount Saint Mary College also offers courses of study in business, health professions, psychology, social services and liberal arts.  Opportunities abound in robust internships, a Career Center, student clubs and honors and study abroad programs.

An Open House will be held January 22 at the campus at 330 Powell Avenue. For further information or to make a reservation, call 845-569-3488 or visit<>


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