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: De-Stressing 101

1)   Stay on top of your responsibilities.

Not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed with work is the simplest way to eliminate stress. Make a to-do list and stick to it. Not allowing work to pile-up and instead tackling it as soon as you become aware of your task can greatly eliminate future stress right from the get-go. Stop stress before it even has the chance to begin!

2)   Take frequent breaks.

Figure out how long you can work until your attention is no longer focused on your task. When your concentration is no longer present, take a break so that you can be even more productive after you’ve taken some time to unwind.

3)   Take a walk.

Even if you can only spare a few minutes, walking around the block (or wherever you’d like to walk) can be extremely mentally rejuvenating. You have time to think and collect your thoughts.

4)   Spend time with friends.

Stepping away from your tasks and surrounding yourself with the people who care about you is a great way to relieve stress. Treat yourself to some time with someone whose company makes you feel great.

5)   Celebrate the small things.

Reward yourself for completing small tasks. Take a bath, eat a piece of chocolate, or do whatever makes you happy. By choosing to celebrate the small accomplishments we feel more inclined to continue reaching the goals we set or accomplishing the tasks we need to complete.