Golden Eagle Experience

Halfway There Checklist

Congratulations! You have made it through half of your first semester as a Tennessee Tech student. As you are entering the last half of your first semester of college, review this “Halfway There” checklist to make sure you are ready to complete your first semester!


  • Schedule your appointment to meet with your advisor! Your advisor is an incredible resource for answering any questions about campus and your academics. You must meet with your advisor twice during your first semester here, so make those meetings count!
  • Outline a study schedule for your midterms. Midterms are usually more in depth than the average exam, so give yourself plenty of time to study and stick with your plan. This may include requesting time off from work to ensure you can have additional time to study.
  • Visit your professors during their office hours. Your professors will be happy to help you with any material you are struggling with understanding. This extra help will come in handy during midterms!
  • Asking for help is ‘ok’! Schedule tutoring from within TechConnect. The Tutoring Center is a FREE resource for all Tennessee Tech students so use it! If you are struggling to adjust to a professor’s style of teaching, a tutor may be able to help you understand the material from a different perspective.

If you are thinking of dropping a class, talk to your academic advisor before you make any decisions. They can give you some good prospective before you decide to drop the course.


  • Have you joined any campus organizations? If not, it’s never too late to! With over 200 student organizations, we guarantee you will find the right one for you! Getting involved in organizations outside of your academics provides many great benefits, including better time management and grades. Check out the list of student organizations to meet others with similar interest.
  • Attend on-campus events! The Student Government Association and Center for Student Engagement hosts concerts, game shows, guest speakers, and many more awesome events that are open to ALL students! Visit the Student Events page to see what's happening on campus!
  • Living on campus, then connect with your RA. Your RA can help you make connections and get involved in various parts of campus. Your RA will also help host events in your Residence Hall that will allow you to meet others who live in the building! Ask them when these events are to ensure you can attend.
  • Struggling with the expenses of college? Find an on-campus job! On-campus jobs are flexible around your class and study schedules, and they understand that you are a student first. Plus, it will help you feel more connected to the university, and you may even meet some great friends and mentors. You can utilize Handshake, Tennessee Tech's student and alumni job database to find on-campus jobs!


  • Schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center can help you learn healthy ways to relieve your stress or assist you with any anxiety or other mental health issues you may be experiencing. The best part? This resource is free, and you are allotted up to 12 sessions per academic year!
  • Take care of your body. Getting enough exercise, food, and sleep will help you stay on top of your busy schedule. The Burnett Fitness Center has options, including group exercise and individual fitness equipment for everyone to stay physically fit!
  • Go outside! Nature is good for the soul, and it may be exactly what you need to take some of the weight off of your shoulders. Take a hike at Bee Rock, see the ducks at Cane Creek Park, or just enjoy the beauty of campus in the fall! Also, our Eagles Outdoors program is a great way to explore and experience nature through guided excursions.

Check out the “Mental Health Matters” initiative for more ideas on how to improve your mental health.