5 Ways To Get Back In The Groove Of Classes

5 Ways To Get Back In The Groove Of Classes

Just in case that 8 a.m. alarm isn't music to your ears...
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If you're anything like me, the blaring of an alarm at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning is just about the last thing in the world you want to hear. After a month of sleeping until noon, zero responsibilities, and a permanent residence on the couch, the idea of returning to the stresses and responsibilities of school is less than ideal. However, there are a few tips and tricks that you can do to help to make the transition back into classes just a bit more bearable.

1. Get new school supplies

One of my all-time favorite activities is purchasing school supplies. There is something exciting about roaming the aisles of Staples, picking out your favorite pencil (which, naturally, changes every year) and staring at all the brightly colored notebooks. When you get supplies that you are excited about, it may make the act of taking them out of your backpack just a bit less dreary.

2. Buy a new "favorite" piece of clothing

Whether it be a scarf, a sweater, jeans, or some cool new sneakers, there is something to be said for "look good, feel good". A new addition to your closer will give you something to smile about as you get dressed in the dark dorm room morning glow, and the idea of debuting this item to your friends and classmates may even make the prospect of sitting through a math lecture a bit less ominous.

3. Buy a calendar

When the wave of responsibilities and assignments come your way, having a calendar in which you can note down all the things that you need to get done makes life MUCH easier. Charting down all your upcoming assignments when the syllabus comes out will cause the entire rest of the semester to be less stressful.

4. Start a new show on Netflix

Okay, this one may sound a little counterintuitive, however, I am a firm believer that everyone needs a good study break once in a while. If you have a new show that you're excited to watch, it will help motivate you to get your work done in a timely manner so that you can watch it. But, speaking from experience, just don't let this one get too out of hand...

5. Talk to people in your classes

No matter how easy a class may seem, it is ALWAYS beneficial to have a friend in class. Whether it be to whisper with when the teacher's lessons get unbearably boring, or to alternate days showing up and exchange notes, it can never hurt. Furthermore, if you make friends in your classes it will help you get excited to attend said classes because you'll have someone to look forward to seeing.


Obviously, none of these will counteract the pure misery that fills you as the ice-cold temperatures hit your face as you trudge to your first class of the semester, but hopefully, they will make the rest of the semester just a bit more pleasant.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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