There is nothing like the smell of fresh school supplies, the look of a newly decorated dorm room and the thought of a whole year’s worth of adventures ahead to get you excited for the upcoming school year. As fun as it is to be back on campus and reunited with your old friends, it’s not easy saying goodbye to the lazy days of summer.
Are you looking to start this semester with a bang? Follow College Lifestyles’ four tips to beat the summer blues!
Jump into a new activity
Attend your college’s activities fair and sign up for a club you never considered joining before. Changing up your routine when you go back to school allows you to start the semester off with an open mind. The club you joined on a whim may turn out to be where you meet your best friends for life. College is about discovering who you are and taking chances – developing a new hobby or passion through a club is the perfect way to do this.
Get organized early
It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the fall because you are transitioning from spending lazy days at the beach to practically living in the library. This is where planners, organizers and calendars come in handy. Purchase one before classes resume. This dry erase calendar clings to your wall and adds flair to any dorm or apartment. Color code items based on importance or subject. Cross them off after you complete them, and don’t forget to write down assignments and important dates once you find out about them. Never miss an appointment again!
Tip: Looking for more back to school supplies for a fabulous fall semester? Pick up some of these dorm room must-haves to start your year off on the right foot.
Seeing your goals and aspirations written down on paper makes you that much more likely to achieve them. You can’t hide from something that is constantly in your face. At the beginning of the semester, write down one major goal you wish to accomplish. Then, each week, write down smaller goals that will help you get there. Tackling what you want to do in smaller, more manageable chunks makes you twice as likely to attain your bigger goal in the end. Tack up your goal sheets where you can see them. Write them on bookmarks if you enjoy reading, or put them on colorful sticky pages that can be placed in your planner or on your laptop. With those constant reminders, your dreams are bound to become a reality!
Find your fall niche
What gets you most excited about the changing of the seasons? Is it the fashion? The food? The leaves turning colors? Discover what makes you happiest about the autumn months and embrace it full force. While the weather may be getting colder and the days shorter, that doesn’t mean you should have to feel bored and depressed. Fall in love with fall by going apple or pumpkin picking, taking photos of the changing scenery, baking warm and delicious pies or modeling the latest fashion trends that are both cozy and cute. The more negatives you turn into positives, the easier it will be for you to beat the summer blues.
Casey Galasso is junior at Marist College. Follow her on Twitter at @omggcasey. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds, be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.