Even though school is starting tomorrow, I’ve actually been on campus since the first week of January. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take any of the super cool Intersession classes like Mental Health and the Gut or Irish Literature, and my Intersession has mostly consisted of sleeping, swimming, and a little bit of research sprinkled in. Still, even though I am excited to get back into the routine of going to class and studying in the library with friends, I’m a bit reluctant to get back into the grind.
That said, the start of the second semester is certainly a good thing. I’ve started to feel boredom creeping in, and to me, Intersession always feels like a weird limbo experience where I have no idea what day of the week it is or what time of the day it is. Plus, even though this semester will be one of the most challenging of my collegiate career, I am genuinely excited about several of my classes and can’t wait to keep learning and diving into my Biology major and Spanish minor.
The start of classes requires a little bit of planning and mental preparation in my opinion, and today (Sunday) has been the day for me to get my life together enough so that I feel prepared to tackle a new semester. So, I thought it’d be interesting if I shared a bit of my to-do list of how I get in the mindset for school after a (very) relaxing break.
- Do laundry – Intersession has caused my laundry to pile up, and even though I HATE doing laundry, I do feel much more put together when I have a closet full of clean and folded clothes. So, I made sure to force myself to wake up early and get this done.
- Clean my room – Similarly, my room has become a bit of a disaster zone during Intersession. I don’t have a roommate so I have a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to how messy my desk is, however I still like to keep my room relatively organized.
- Check Blackboard for syllabi (syllabuses?) – Almost all of my classes are on Blackboard now, but I have the syllabi for all of them. I’m a bit of a nerd and actually love syllabi, and before the start of the semester I like to read the syllabi for each of my classes and write exams and other major project due dates in my agenda. This helps me mentally prepare for weeks when I have three exams, and helps me make sure I set aside adequate time to prepare for situations like this. Fortunately, I only have about two really difficult weeks during the semester, so fingers crossed it’ll be smooth sailing!
- Clean/pack my backpack – My backpack still has handouts and papers from my classes last semester, and it is always satisfying to declutter materials from the ghost of semester’s past. Similarly, I like to check to make sure I have enough notebooks for the upcoming semester. My note-taking style differs from class to class, but I generally prefer to hand write my notes. To accommodate this, I like to use either 3 or 5 subject notebooks, in addition to occasionally typing notes on my computer. This makes packing pretty easy, as all I have to do is throw a notebook and my computer into my backpack and I am good to go.
- Get a good nights rest – I am a big believer in sleep! Sleep is how you win hard weeks in school, and I can say that I, to this date, have never ever fell asleep in class or pulled an all-nighter. So, I like to go to bed a little bit earlier on Sunday evenings to set me up for a great week.
Here’s to a great semester!