by anne b.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am so ready for the holiday break. I am so excited to sleep in and lounge by the fire with a good book or Netflix show. Today is my first day off and as excited as I am for the holidays, I am also dreading the start of a new semester in 2 and a half weeks, especially since I took a semester off for my internship. So, in order to get myself prepared and motivated for the new semester, I am going to do these following tips and tricks.
I already mentioned my three top tips in yesterday’s podcast, so I won’t go over them again. The three top tips were to start scheduling your time, load up on self-care, and take a peek at the table of contents of your textbooks. You can go listen to the podcast to get more details! Today, I will share three more tips for your new semester preparation.
School Supply Shopping
Do you remember back in the day when you were in elementary school and you would wait all summer for the school to post the supply list and who was in your class? Well, I do. I used to get so excited by the supply list and I would ask my mom to take me shopping as soon as we had the list. I would walk down every school supply aisle looking for the perfect and cutest folders, pencils, pouches, you name it.
I don’t get quite as excited about school shopping nowadays, but I still like going to Staples or HomeGoods and looking at all the school and desk supplies. Even though I’ve replaced my cat and horse notebooks for gold and marble ones, I still get a little excited about using pretty notebooks and pens.
So while I go wander in HomeGoods for desk and school supplies, go to your preferred store and go buy some supplies that you’ll be excited to use, whether that’s notebooks, pens, clothes, or a nice backpack/bag.
Take Classes with Friends
This is probably a more obvious tip, but before you register for classes (if you haven’t already), chat with your friends to see if you can take some together! You’ll definitely be more motivated and happy to go to class if you know you have friends, or even just acquaintances you like, in it. Plus, you’re more likely to stay awake and alert when you’re sitting with people who give you moral support.
For the classes you have to take alone, try to plan something with a friend for after the class. For instance, you could plan to go grab some food or coffee after classes you have to brave through alone. The excitement of refueling your body and seeing your friend (s) will make that class seem less dreadful. When you have fun or important plans, the time leading up to it often goes by quickly.
I know some people love journaling and some people can’t stick to it. However, the journaling method that I’m going to suggest can work no matter how often you journal - from every day to once in your life.
I suggest going to a bookstore and buying a journal that speaks to you. That could be a journal with an inspirational quote on the cover, a plain leather-bound journal, or one with kittens and puppies (hey, no judgement here). Once you’ve chosen your journal, create a list of things you want to accomplish throughout your life. For instance, some accomplishments could be finishing your bachelor’s, going to medical school, traveling to certain countries, get married, be a CEO, be a ski bum... anything you can think of really, no matter how small or big.
After you’ve finished the first page, you’ll fill out the rest of the journal as time progresses. Each time you want to journal, write the date at the top of the next blank page and then write some goals you have accomplished and goals you want to accomplish in the short- and long-term. For those of you who like to have a more structured format for your journal pages, you could split each journal session into three categories: past, present, and future.
The past category could include accomplishments since the last time you’ve journaled, lessons you’ve learned, painful and joyful memories from the past few days, etc. The present category could be about the day of. If you’re journaling in the morning, then write about how you’re feeling in the moment and how you want to feel throughout the day and what you want to accomplish during that day. If you’re journaling at night, also write about how you’re feeling in the moment, but then talk about how your emotions throughout the day and notable moments from the day. Finally, for the future category, you could write down one goal for the next day, one goal for the week, and one goal that’s a more long-term one.
Well, ramblers, these are all the tips I have for the new semester preparation. I hope you liked these tips and that they make the new semester less terrifying. If you’re graduating in May, then good luck and have a wonderful last semester! For all the other students, you’ve got this! The stronger you start, the stronger you’ll finish!
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and good luck, fellow ramblers!