It’s that time of year again! The freshman have flooded the campus, back-to-school sales are well underway, and your classes have all finished Syllabus Week. But if you’re anything like me, the continuous heat still has you dreaming of lazy Sundays at the beach. Don’t worry too much about your GPA, though, because CL has you covered with our 5 ways to get back into school mode.
1. Get a calendar.
Maybe you interned with Apple this summer. Maybe you just lazed around and hung out with your cat. Either way, with classes and extracurriculars, you’re bound to be busier now than in the summer. So get a reliable calendar and write ALL your commitments in it to keep track of everything. It doesn’t matter whether it’s electronic or on paper, as long as it works for you.
2. (Re)decorate your room.
Have you ever noticed how much a change in your environment affects your mood? That’s great news, because you probably have moved into a new place for the school year. So make it as home-y and as conducive to studying as possible. If you’re staying in the same place, change something small, like the shelves on your desk or the pictures on your wall.
3. Go to the gym.
OK, so this doesn’t work if you’re normally at the gym. But if you spent all summer doing nothing, regular physical exercise will paradoxically give you even more energy. And help you look great.
4. Read the newspaper.
You should read the newspaper all the time, if you can’t. But it’s particularly useful when you’re in school. It’ll give you conversation topics with your peers, and you can bring in any relevant articles to your classes and talk about them. Maybe you’ll even get extra credit.
5. Throw yourself into extracurriculars.
Classes might be boring, but you know you missed all the clubs you’re involved in at school. Throw yourself back into them to start having fun and getting yourself back into school mode. If you’re not in any clubs, join some! They will be the sources of some of your best college memories.