10 Ways To Not Completely Dread The Start Of The Semester
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10 Ways To Not Completely Dread The Start Of the Semester


10 Ways To Not Completely Dread The Start Of the Semester


College's promising lengthy winter break certainly motivated students to finish out the fall semester strong. Now as the "most wonderful time of the year" has officially come to a close, and the holiday soirees and gatherings have concluded, spring semester seems to be approaching faster than ever. Here are some ways to ensure you readjust to the hectic campus lifestyle with ease.

Destress and detox.


It is crucial to start the semester off with a clear and level head, so you should spend your last few days at home relaxing. Try heading to the gym, lighting a few scented candles, treating yourself to a spa day, or simply just spending some time catching up on your sleep.

Spice up that winter wardrobe.


Despite it's name, spring semester in the northeast can exhibit some brutal temperatures. A chilly few months await all students, so if you have not already, be sure to pack all of your chunky sweaters and heavy duty winter coats/parkas. Aside from outerwear, some fun winter accessories can help distract you from icy weather. Here are some fun winter items you can pack: earmuffs and headwraps, necessary warm gloves, cute beanies and berets, blanket scarves, and fuzzy/wool socks. Or, if your current options are simply not cutting it, channel your inner Whitley Gilbert and use this as an excuse to go shopping!

Reestablish a nighttime routine.


Get organized and fix those outrageous sleeping habits that may have been established over break— remember, those 8:00 am classes awaiting you are not going to attend themselves. To remedy this, assign yourself a strict bedtime a week or two prior to returning to school. This will help you to establish the discipline you may have lost while spending time at home.

Reaffirm your goals.


This does not have to take long. Take about 10-15 minutes to list out your goals for the upcoming semester. These can be both academic and personal—the more, the merrier! Also, try to compare and contrast your goals for the past year/semester to see which you have met, and which you can still still work towards.

Plan a hangout between you and your friends.

If neither you nor your friends live locally, you might not have seen your closest campus buds in weeks! Plan ahead to meet up at the start of the semester. You can arrange to grab dinner at the dining hall, watch a movie in one of your dorms, plan to attend a sporting event together, or anything that will allow you guys to catch up before the flood of assignments roll in.

Spruce up your dorm.


Being a college student, a lot of time can be spent in dorm rooms. Think about some new items or possibly a new room layout to bring to the room for the remaining semester. Giving your room a new look can help you to feel refreshed upon your return to campus.

Double check your schedule.


Make sure you know what classes await you upon return. Doing this will provide a sense of ease, allowing for a smooth transition back.

Try a new look.


Come back to campus with a fresh new look to spice things up; try that outrageous hair color you've always secretly wanted, go for that bold cut you've contemplated, the world is yours for the taking!

Bring some of those homemade meals back with you.


If you live on campus, and have access to a fridge, you should take the opportunity to pack some of your favorite homemade meals or goodies. Still having the option will leave you with more options than the dining hall or local takeout. It will certainly also help ease your transition back into the regular dorm life.

Spend time with loved ones.


You are about to be away from your loved ones once again. Make sure to cherish the last few days of break creating memories to keep you feeling whole throughout those rough days ahead. Who knows, you may just miss hearing that "annoying" little sibling ask you where you're headed every couple seconds.

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