"...it can often feel stressful and overwhelming to get ready for the school year.One way to reduce back-to-school anxiety and experience a more seamless transition into the new school year is to actively organize and prepare yourself, mentally and academically, for the upcoming semester.
Take Care of Yourself
Get on a regular sleep and exercise schedule
“Making sure that I get on a consistent, healthy sleep and exercise schedule before going back to school is really important for me. I feel less stress when I’m well-rested, and exercise boosts my energy, endorphins and makes me feel productive. It’s much easier to wake up for those 8am classes when I’ve gone to bed at a reasonable hour the night before!”
— Savannah, Claremont McKenna College
Do Some Research
Locate exactly where your classes are on your school map, especially if your campus is large
“If your school has a big campus, it can be pretty overwhelming to figure out where all of your classes are and make sure you get to them on time in the first couple weeks. Don’t be afraid to ask older students or your RA for help, they went through it too. Maybe even ask someone you know to do a walking tour through campus with you, or take the time to do it by yourself before classes start.”
— Davis, The University of Alabama
Use a planner
“Keeping a planner helps to reduce some of my stress when it comes to homework and making sure I get everything done on time. Writing down what I have to do day-by-day for the week helps to keep me organized and motivated!”
— Abby, Fieldston High School
Review and make note of important dates on your syllabus
“Check your syllabus at the beginning of the semester and make sure you know when all your major assignments are due. Mark them in a calendar so they don’t catch you by surprise later on!”
— Ella, University of St Andrews
If you’re a first-year student…reach out to other first-years! They know what you’re going through
“Don’t be afraid to speak to other students. Chances are they are just as nervous, uncomfortable and new to this as you are. They can also make your first years of college your best years.”
— Alana, City College of New York"
If you have any additional worries or concerns, don't hesitate to make an appointment with either one of us or just stop down to meet us! We look forward to an incredible school year. See y'all next week!!
Stay Healthy, Chaps!
-Kristi and Katie