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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

Crying.

Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

A to-do list app for your phone! I love this just to organize what my top priorities are.

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