WEEKEND PREVIEW : COMING BACK TO SCHOOL THE RIGHT WAY
Spring break goes by faster every year, and coming back to schools is always insane and sometimes unpleasant. If you take some time to prepare yourself before you go back to school, you will probably transition much more smoothly. It is simpler than you think to get back in the swing of things, especially when you do these 4 things:
- Plan ahead. Before you get too excited about summer, remember there are still six whole weeks of classes left. If you want to finish out the semester strong, you might want to sit down for a minute and think about what that entails. It probably means you will not be able to skip the remainder of your Friday classes and finish Hulu’s collection of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. What it does mean is that you should figure out exactly how many assignments you have left in the semester and when they are each due. You should also map out all of your tests and quizzes. If you do not have a planner, make a simple calendar by drawing lines on construction paper. Don’t forget extra credit!
- Leave stuff behind. Six weeks goes by much quicker than you think, and you will not go through your entire wardrobe before the semester ends. We all know you wear the same two pairs of pants all week every week and nobody actually cares if you repeat an outfit once or twice (or ten times). Leave your warmer, bulkier clothes at home and only bring back your favorite items. This will not only make you feel less cluttered, but it will also make moving out of your dorm/apartment much easier.
- Get a jump-start. If you have a free hour before leaving home, use that time to read ahead in one of your textbooks, write an intro to a paper, or complete a quick homework assignment that is coming up in your syllabus. This small amount of effort will set you on the right track for the rest of the semester. If you really cannot find time to do one small fraction of an assignment, then you should at least go over what you were doing in each class before spring break. Believe me, it makes a big difference.
- Come back better than before. Chances are you regret something about the first half of the semester. For example: you went out too much, you ate too much, you didn’t exercise, you skipped class, you were antisocial, you procrastinated, etc. This is your last chance to finish out the school year on a high-note! Get a gym membership, eat a banana, drink tea instead of tequila, set 25 alarms, and burn your television! Do whatever you need to do to be a better person. Make a mental contract with yourself so that you have something to be proud of in May. There is always room for improvement!
Written by Sarah Pasquarelli, Peer Educator
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