Getting back in the swing of college life
It always seems like the first couple weeks back from break are the hardest to get through. You have to get used to a whole new schedule and sleep routine, and I doubt many of us gave up sleeping in over break to get into that pattern. So before the homework starts piling up too much, I want to help you out by sharing how I get back into the swing of college life.
1. Figure out where you can go to study between classes if they aren’t back to back.
If you have a couple hours of break time between your classes, make sure you find a place that you can get work done. You don’t want to waste that time and then have to worry about all the homework you have to do at night. If you walk around buildings, you can usually find a little nook that is quiet. Other good places are the tiers in the library or at the MU.
2. Take a nap to avoid wearing yourself out.
Now, I’m not saying that you should study your brains out every waking moment. If you had a late night of catching up and can barely focus the next day, make sure to take a power nap. It will help you at least get through your classes.
3. Nap not an option? Try going to bed at an earlier time.
Sometimes schedules get a little hectic and it makes nap time impossible. If this is the case, plan to go to bed at an earlier time. This will help you to stay on track for what you need to get done AND catch up on sleep.
4. Waking up for 8 AM is not fun. But try and have a friend make sure you’re awake so you don’t miss it.
Sometimes your schedule forces you to have an 8 AM. No one wants to be at them, but that’s just the reality of the situation. You should put an honest foot forward and try to make it to every class. If you have a friend in the same class, have them shoot you a text to make sure you’re awake to get there. Plus, having a friend in the class makes it a little more bearable.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but over break you pretty much eat whatever you want, whenever you want, because you aren’t on a set schedule. When you get back to school and have to worry about when your classes are and what you have to do, sometimes you forget that you haven’t eaten all day. Make sure to pack a snack if you have class over lunch time or have a group lunch (or dinner) with some of your friends!
6. Make a schedule of when your tests are so you can prepare
It can be easy to forget those pesky tests, so what I do is print off a calendar of the semester and mark down every day I have a test. This also helps so I can see if I have overlapping ones that I need to reschedule. Here is a link of the calendar I use.
7. Utilize the weekends.
Let’s be honest: no one wants to even think about school on the weekends. Sadly, this is probably the best time to catch up and stay ahead of the game. Try to wake up before noon and read a chapter or two. You don’t have to do all your studying over the weekend, but stay fresh on the material!
8. Make friends in your new classes.
Hopefully you have some of the same friends from previous semesters in your classes now. If you don’t, now is the perfect time to make more! Not only will it make the class more enjoyable, but you have an automatic study buddy! It is a win-win situation.
9. Stay up on the reading/homework early on so you don’t have to worry about it later.
Don’t put the reading off until later thinking you will get to it because you won’t. This is the one that I am still trying to perfect because it is so hard! I have realized, though, that if you just force yourself to get it done, you will thank yourself in the long run. This also eliminates a lot of stress. It’s your choice: do the work and understand your classes or don’t and have to stress later.
10. Take a break!
College is hard work and everyone goes through the stressful times. Take a break! Find a TV show that is on once a week and designate an hour a week to watching it. As long as you put in the work to do well, you will! Just breathe and let all your hard work pay off!
I hope everyone has a great semester! 🙂