By Kelsey Nevius
It’s the end of a long summer, or at least what felt like a long summer, and now we’re all migrating back to Findlay. Time to haul out the boxes and repack everything you put away months ago, and time to print off all of the syllabi that you’ll most likely be grimacing at once you read what your classes have in store for you. If you’re like me, it’s hard to get back into the grind of college when you’ve been walking through your summer at a leisurely pace. So, I’ve come up with a few suggestions that may help you get back to your day-to-day on The University of Findlay campus.
The first thing we’ll all have to do is probably adjust our sleep schedules. Sleeping in is a wonderful thing, and once you get bone tired from writing essays and reading your required material, you’ll be wishing that the next day you could sleep as long as you wanted to. That is the great paradox of college: wanting to stay up late either getting things done or hanging out with your friends, but wanting to go to bed early so you won’t feel like death in the morning. I say risk going to bed early. It’s better to go through each day feeling like you won’t suddenly fall over from exhaustion than watch another movie on Netflix.
Another thing you may want to do is plan out your week. I always write out what my schedule will be so I can see my free time, whether I plan to use it to grab something to eat or hang out with friends. That way, you know you’ll absolutely have time then, and you won’t be worrying that there is something else you have to do. Write out your class and work schedule and keep it somewhere in plain sight. It makes it so much easier to plan around if you know when and when you’re not busy.
Finally, remember to pace yourself. As more weeks pass, the more hectic the work load will get. Don’t try to do everything at once and don’t shut yourself in your room studying. Keep up on your work, but remember to get out there and experience life, because sometimes all we think about is getting schoolwork done. Going from the stand-still of summer to the abundance of college never fails to make people feel overly stressed and exhausted, but at the same time, it’s also a time for excitement. You’re back on campus, as a freshman or upperclassman, so make the best of your year.