New Semester = your new choice to celebrate the work-in-progress you

Happy back-to-school! That means that summer is winding down, but fall brings new adventures, new colors and a new season. Chin up!

Back-to-school also brings new adventures for me, and support for all of you … introducing Campus Calm TV! Subscribe via, then e-mail me at to let me know. To thank you, I’ll send you a free audio coaching mp3 class called “Twentysomething Survival” from the Campus Calm store, a $20 value.

I’ve been wanting to produce videos to help students “chill out” and learn about the real secrets to success and happiness for quite some time now. I wanted these videos to serve as a supplement to my book Campus Calm University. Thanks to Dad’s video camera, my husband’s tripod and some guts on my part, I made it happen. Just in case you’re thinking to yourself right now, “Man, I could never be comfortable on camera,” news flash: neither was I in the beginning! I’m a writer first, speaker second. When I produced my first video last week, I recorded sixteen takes. In one of them I actually fell out of my chair reaching for the camera to hit the record button! But I chose to step outside my comfort zone and accept being an imperfect speaker two years ago when I began speaking at colleges because I had a message to share. Each time I speak, I’m more comfortable, more entertaining and most important, more confident in my ability to help others through the spoken word.

Which leads me to my back-to-school message for all you students:

New Semester = your new choice to celebrate the work-in-progress you.

It’s your brand new semester, so celebrate you by daring to take a chance! Spread yourself outside your comfort zone. Learn what it feels like to not always be good at something from the start. Not a hands on person? Sign up for an art elective. Paint your way toward being a more confident risk taker. Love poetry? Join a debate team. Challenge yourself to see life through a new lenses.

If you’ve been neglecting your health every single semester leading up until now, break the pattern. Commit to getting enough sleep this semester even if it means saying “NO” when faced with the temptation to spread yourself too thin. Commit to stressing less and being grateful more. Grateful for the gift of time that college affords you to learn, explore and build supportive relationships on campus that will serve you forever. Because that’s the real secret about success. Ten years after you’ve graduated from college, whether you left with a 4.0 GPA or a 3.4 will not matter, whether you graduated from a public, private, large, small, elite or non-name-brand college will not have made a difference. But ten years past the day you shed your cap and gown, whether you were able to take chances in college, make mistakes and trust that you can develop the courage to be resilient will make all the difference in the world. And every second you spent inside and outside of the classroom will have been worth it.

Live your vision of a happy, purposeful life,

~ Maria Pascucci is the founder and president of and author of the award-winning book Campus Calm University: The College Student’s 10-Step Blueprint to Stop Stressing & Create a Happy, Purposeful Live. Order your copy at or

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