Now that you’ve been back in class for around a month, chances are that you’re starting to feel that you’re back in the grind. In other words, it can feel like you’re doing the same thing day in and day out with no real relief. That’s a frustrating spot to be in! The beginning of the semester is always exciting because you’re looking forward to your new classes and meeting new people. Once that’s all out of the way, you start to develop a rhythm. It can be tough to come to the realization that you’re only a quarter of the way through the semester and that there’s still 75% of it left to go.

At Ram’s Crossing, your source for student apartments for rent in Fort Collins, we know how you feel. We’ve seen students go through exactly what you’re going through many times before. The good news is that it puts us in a position to offer a bit of friendly advice. Will it solve all of your problems? Probably not, but we really do think that the tips we’d like to share with you in today’s post will make the rest of the semester just a little bit easier to get through. If that sounds like something you’d benefit from, keep reading to learn more.

What You Can Do to Make the Rest of the Semester a Little Easier

Get Outside

Now we’re certainly not saying that our apartments don’t make for a great place to do a bit of studying, but what we are saying is that a change of scenery might just be exactly what you need. As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is. It’s also where Netflix is. Although your study session started off innocently enough with the thought Oh, I’ll just throw on some Parks and Rec while I’m reading, it didn’t take long for it to turn into a marathon.

Netflix is awesome, and the amount of shows you can binge watch is pretty much infinite at this point. There’s a time and place for that though, of course, and if you’re struggling to get your studies done, finding a new space to be might just be exactly what you need. Fort Collins is home to plenty of great local coffee shops and if you’re willing to explore a bit, you’re sure to find the perfect place that’s both relaxing and inspiring.

Feed Yourself

Being a close walk from campus also means that you’re close to Lory Student Center. That’s a wonderful thing, to be sure, but how often do you cruise over there to grab some Taco Bell, Panda Express, or Carl’s Jr.? We get it; this is food that’s close, easy, and cheap.

But when is the last time that you treated yourself to some food that you actually made yourself? If the answer is “last year,” it might be time to cruise on over to the grocery store and grab yourself some ingredients. Not sure what to make? That can be a challenge. Unless you grew up helping your parents cook, your experience might be limited, and that can mean that making new foods is intimidating. Not to worry though, because there are plenty of awesome recipes out there geared specifically towards beginners. The key is to find good recipes, so look for ones that have gotten plenty of reviews.

Allow us to start you off on the right foot with a few easy recipes that anyone can make:

Chicken-and-Andouille Étouffée, from Food and Wine makes for a perfect winter meal.

Alabama Fire Crackers, from All Recipes is an addictive and delicious snack.

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion One-Pot, from Food Network comes together quickly and tastes great.

Re-Examine Your Goals Now

Now that you know what your professors are like, what assignments you have ahead, and which classes are harder (or easier) than you anticipated, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your goals for the rest of the semester. Our advice is to actually grab a pen and paper and write out the goals you have that you’d like to accomplish before summer rolls around. Make them specific and attainable, and check in on your progress regularly.

And just because you’re in school doesn’t mean that your goals all have to be school-based goals — although that would be a good place to start! For example, if you have a 20 page paper due two weeks before the end of the semester, come up with a plan of attack now. It never pays to wait until the last minute. If you want to read more for pleasure this semester, write down a list of books that you’re interested in and cross them off as you go. If you want to get in shape, come up with a schedule of when you’ll go to the gym. The possibilities are endless, but if you re-examine your goals right now, you’ll find that the rest of the semester goes a little bit more smoothly.

Looking for Student Apartments Near CSU?

Whether you’d like to life in one of our apartments, loft apartments, or townhomes for rent here in Fort Collins, we can assure you that being close to campus is a great way to live. We truly believe that living at Ram’s Crossing will make it a little easier to get through even the toughest semesters. Part of the reason for that, of course, is our amenities. With 24-hour maintenance, onsite management, a courtyard with barbecue area, and an outdoor heated pool, there’s a lot to love about living here!

In addition to being near the CSU campus, you’ll also be close to the best coffee shops, breweries, grocery stores, and restaurants that Fort Collins has to offer.

Want to come by and take a look for yourself? Schedule a tour today! Already know that this is the perfect apartment complex for you? Click here to apply now. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you and we think you’ll absolutely love it here.