How to get back into "school mode" after the holidays
Credit: AMY SCOTT
Getting back into school mode after a long break isn't easy. Here are five tips to help.
Some students may be ecstatic to get back to college and regain their sense of independence that was born the second their parents tearfully dropped them off at their dorm room in September. When I was in first year, I couldn't get out of my small hometown fast enough after New Year's to get back to my cherished dorm room. However, now as a third-year student, I am not so quick to say goodbye to my family after the holidays. I mean not having to cook for myself or do my own laundry? Sounds like paradise to me.
Whatever your stance is on going back to school in January, it doesn’t matter now, because we are back for a fresh semester. Even if you feel completely ready for this semester, you may feel a bit out of touch after spending up to a month off school. To help you get back in the groove of classes, here are some helpful tips.
1. Get back into a regular sleep schedule
If you're anything like me, when all of my responsibilities cease to exist, so does my sleep schedule. For me, going to bed at 4 a.m. and waking up at 2 p.m., is just as much of a holiday tradition as opening presents on Christmas morning is. However, we know this does not fly when it's Monday morning and you have an 8 a.m. class in your schedule. As much as you might dread it, try slowly adjusting your sleep schedule by setting your alarm clock an hour earlier each morning a few days leading up to the start of classes. You will be tired at first, but it's better than getting three hours of sleep the night before your first class of the semester.
2. Go back to school shopping
Because treat yo'self, right? Regardless of who you are, buying new clothes and supplies for the semester hypes you up. It is a scientific fact (it's not, but you probably agree with me). Nothing gets me more excited than rolling up to the front door of Fanshawe on the Route 17 bus when I'm rocking some new threads.
3. Redecorate your study space
When you've been studying at the same desk for the last four months, the view can get boring. Why not become the Pinterest Mom you have always aspired to be? If you're going to spending potentially hours a day at your desk, it might be time to redecorate. Hang some lights, create an inspiration board, or buy some plants to freshen the place up. There is no point in working in a place where you feel uninspired. Not only will it give you a refreshing view, it might actually get you excited to work there!
4. Set goals
Setting goals is important. I don't mean set New Year's resolutions, because let's face it, those are never successful. However, setting realistic goals, whether they are academic, personal, or career-related will encourage you to work harder, which is never a bad thing. There is no time limit, feel free to set weekly, monthly, or yearly goals. It can be as simple as ‘work out twice a week' to as challenging as ‘get straight A's this semester'.
5. Prepare the night before
Finally, one of the easiest but rewarding things to do during the school year is preparing for your day the night before. From picking out an outfit to making your lunch, it really makes a difference by helping you avoid a rushed and stressful morning. If you're feeling really eager, you can meal prep for the entire week on Sunday night. I'm not quite there yet but I'm very envious of those who are.
Regardless of whether or not you're excited and ready for the semester ahead, best of luck.