College and the Quarter-Life: Starting the School Year Off on the Right Foot 101

With the start of a new school year comes a lot of possibilities and, sometimes, a lot of anxiety! You’ll fall into a comfortable routine before you know it and another wonderful school year will be under way! In the meantime, here are a few tips to start you off on the right foot! Let’s get excited for the commencement of what is sure to be another great school year!

1) Figure out how you will balance your social life with your academic responsibilities.

I think learning to find a balance is the greatest difficulty college students face with the onset of a new semester. Of course, being social and staying on the ball with schoolwork are both very important. However, what’s more important than either of those collegiate necessities, is figuring out how managing to do both will work for you.

2) Be health conscious.

Caring for yourself and your well-being is of the utmost importance. Eating right, exercising, and catching enough zzz’s are necessities that you need to be able to fit into your schedule. If you aren’t staying healthy, than all of the other elements of your life will fall by the wayside, which of course, will certainly not help you to start the school year off on the right foot.

3) Wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey!

Hitting the snooze button is so easy and so tempting, but I assure you, getting up and out will be a huge stress reliever. Missing class will not help you adjust to your new school year routine! Also, you’ll find that waking up early will give you so much more time, which will certainly cut down on the rush and stress many people feel at the beginning of a new school year.

4) Organization is key!

Being organized will keep you free of stress and will help you to avoid the new school year frenzy that many students experience. Buy a planner and become an avid note-taker. Write down everything from social engagements to due dates on assignments. Also, buy folders and notebooks and store them in a specific place so that you fall into a routine of keeping your school supplies organized and accessible.

5) Be positive!

The start of a new school year is the start of a year that holds so many opportunities and possibilities! Expect to make new friends, have new experiences, succeed academically, fall into a comfortable routine, get healthy, and reach new heights! There’s so much in store and so much to be excited for!

How do you plan to start the school year off on the right foot?

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College and the Quarter-Life: Eating Healthy on a Budget 101

1) Take advantage.

Take advantage of sales and coupons. Collect coupon booklets, search online for coupons, or research deals. If the supermarket is having a “buy one, get one half price” deal on a food item you know you use often, stock up!

2) Cook at home.

Preparing your own meals is more cost-effective and often much healthier than eating out. Invest in a cheap set of pots and pans and you’re golden! Making your own food means that you know exactly what went into it and that means that you’re probably saving on a lot of hidden calories. You’re saving money, too! The costs of eating out can really add up and cut way into your budget.

3)Don’t shop for food on an empty stomach.

Shopping on an empty stomach probably means the food looks extra good to you and, take it from experience, you’re going to want everything in sight. Cookies, pasta, ice cream- it’s all going to look like a necessity, which means more out the door and more caloric foods in stock in the kitchen.

4)Plan your meals for the week in advance.

Planning meals in advance and buying just what you’ll need to construct those meals will help you to buy only what you need, which will save you both money and calories.

5) Buy store brands.

Buying products that are store brand can save a lot of money. Stores usually sell their brand products for much less than the non-generic brands and typically the products have the same nutritional value! Give it a try and see the savings really add up!