Back to School Survival Guide
Welcome back to Hopkins, and a warm welcome to all the new freshmen! After three months of summer, friends, the beach, and no classes, getting back into the swing of things can be a bit of a challenge. As a current senior, I’ve been through the transition many times and have finally figured out a few simple tips to ease myself back into the daily grind AND stay healthy (and sane!) while doing it - it only took me three years to figure out! Over the next few weeks we'll feature a few good habits to start now that you’ll thank yourself for later on in the semester:
- Make a plan, and stick to it. As a serial overachiever (and don’t deny it – many of us are), I have learned to plan my life down to the minute. After add/drop period is over, and you have a fairly set schedule, sit down and look at how you’re using your time during the week. Have class at noon twice a week, but have to be up for a 9 am every other day? Try getting in the routine of waking up at the same time every day, and using those extra morning hours for a trip to the gym! It’ll boost your energy and make you more productive. Have random hours off midday? Instead of using them for a nap, do work in between classes. You won’t have to worry about sleeping through your next class, and getting your work done earlier in the day will allow you to have more free time at night to use as you please – you could socialize, try out new clubs, go to events, or even just add an extra hour of sleep at night! Scheduling your time wisely can also help decrease your stress; by keeping on top of your work on a daily basis, you won’t have to cram everything into weekends or the nights before midterms.
- Stay tuned for more tips.
Submitted by Kristan Rosenthal, member of PEEPs