It’s a new semester, a new year, a new you! Right? School is back in session and for most it can be a hard transition and rude awakening. After a long winter break of sleeping in late, lots of TV, full bellies, and having a personal maid, you are heading back to campus to start another semester of intense studying. You have to mentally and physically prepare for this. Waking up early, switching back to cafeteria food and ramen, and doing your own laundry. On top of that you have to start using your brain again. Finding the motivation alone can be a lot of pressure.
A good place to start is by treating spring semester the exact same as fall. Go in with a positive outlook. Before classes begin, map out where your classrooms are and walk around campus to make sure you know where you are going. Check reviews of your professors online so you have an idea of what to expect. Take a trip to the bookstore and make sure you have all of your books and other supplies you might need for your classes.
You can also organize your desk and study materials. Getting rid of old notes and junk from binders that you don’t need anymore will help you start fresh. Also, having an organized work space will get you back in the mind set to be productive. Preparing yourself and your class materials before anything starts will give you a one up on everyone else and you will start the course ready to ace it.
Spend time in the gym after class the first week you are back. Getting some exercise will give you energy, get you moving, and motivate you. This is a great way to get you back in the groove of things especially if you are still feeling sluggish and slow from break. Drinking plenty of water will also wake you up and give you the boost you need. As much as you want to stay out late catching up with friends, it is important to get to bed early. The first few days back are when you need to get back in your routine. A bad way to start out is staying up all night and getting no sleep. It will be a hard sleep pattern to break and you will end up struggling to keep your open in class. Your health and self-care are an important part of getting back on track.
Going back to school after a long winter break is tough. You got this. Spring break is only a couple short months away and shortly after that you will be lounging by the pool over summer break wishing you were back in school. You can get through this semester and it will lead you one step closer to your ultimate goal, graduation. So study hard, exercise, stay organized, keep yourself motivated, and remember to have some fun along the way.