Editor’s Note: Hello! For those of you who are just tuning in my name is Jacob Ferguson and I am a senior Operations Management and Information Systems (OM&IS) major here at Northern Illinois University in my last semester. Before we get started I would just like to thank all of you who followed my journey thus far and to inform you that you are in for a treat this semester. The goal of this post is to inform you on the direction that we at College of Business plan to take the Student Voices Blog this spring and to help you get a head start. If you would like to learn more about me please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jacob-ferguson/49/121/998 or follow me on Twitter: @JacobFerguson53.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you all had the opportunity to spend some quality time with your friends and family as well as take a load off from the ever-demanding fall semester. I myself had the opportunity to do all of that in addition to doing one of my favorite things, traveling. I am lucky to have spent New Year’s Eve with some of my best friends in New York City – “The Big Apple”.
In terms of the Student Voices Blog, similar to last semester we plan to be transparent in our posts and will try to give you a taste of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to this place that most of us call home for four some odd years. The only difference this semester is that topics were hand selected with students in mind and will focus on providing students with an escape from everyday life. As always this blog is written for students and by students.
With regards to helping our students get a head start on the semester brace yourselves as we are about to present you with 6 easy ways to get ahead:
1) Start the sleep cycle – Get into a habit and don’t sleep away the most productive part of the day.
2) Check internship deadlines – Whether you like it or not, it is never too early to get a jumpstart on your future employment and save yourself a headache later on.
3) Jumpstart your assignments – Thinking about course materials ahead of time will go a long way in making the grade.
4) Fill out FAFSA – The deadline might seem far away but filling it out early will only increase your chances of receiving the best financial aid package for you.
5) Set goals – Take a moment to reflect on your best as well as your worst habits from the previous semester and make a plan.
6) Get excited – Staying eager and positive is half the battle when heading into a new semester.
Good luck and have fun this semester! Go Huskies!