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Hey! You’re not drowning yet! Don’t panic!

So, you’re a month into school…

How are things going so far? If you’re starting to panic or feel like you’re already drowning, DON’T! You’ll be completely fine if you take some action against falling behind!

You have plenty of options at this point…

First and foremost, you need to recognize if you really are falling behind in class or just over-analyzing your situation. The easiest way to approach this is to go meet with your professors during their office hours. Each professor at UMD is required to hold a certain time slot each week that they are available in their office for students to meet with them. Aside from office hours, you can always email your professor and set up a time to meet with them.

It never hurts to just meet with a professor to check-in with them and make sure you are on track with everything for the class. Professors are here to help you!

If you are afraid to approach your professor (which you shouldn’t be!), TA’s are also a good option of a person to ask about your class work.

Take advantage of the Learning Commons in the library! There is a full staff of people in a variety of subjects willing to help you with your classes. 

Make friends in your classes! Don’t be afraid to ask your classmates to help you study or help you better understand something! Exchange emails when in class and pick a time to meet up and study!

Stay calm, be proactive and get stuff done…

If you take care of things now rather than waiting until midterms or even finals, chances are you will turn things around for yourself! So take a moment to just think through class by class and just make sure you’re feeling okay about everything!

You’re doing great! Keep it up!