Now that summer’s ending and the fall semester is approaching, it’s important that you make your transition as smooth as possible.
The summer is usually so much easier than the academic year simply because there’s more time for leisure. Whether you’ve got a job or an internship, or are taking summer classes, there’s just a general placid aura about the summer that isn’t as rough and demanding as that of the fall. Since the fall semester’s right around the corner, I’ve listed three steps that should help you with making the transition.
1. Adjust Your Sleeping Schedule
If you already wake up super early everyday, props to you, but if you’re like me and wake up around 10:30-11:00 a.m. most days, you might wanna start steadily chopping those long summer nights back down. When those 8 a.m.’s and 9 a.m.’s hit, you’re definitely gonna want to be there (well you probably won’t want to but you’ll have to). If you’re a night owl, start cutting about 30 minutes off your usual sleep cutoff time every week. This way, getting up early during the semester won’t be as difficult. If you’re already super disciplined and completely unfazed by the casualness of summer, then just keep doing what you’re doing.
2. Practice Organization
Since organization and time management are two of the most useful tools in college, why not get a head start? Whether you’re organizing your room or your schedule for the upcoming semester, it’s important to make a habit of being structured. Organization will not only positively affect your work space, but it will also positively affect your psyche.
3. Incorporate Thought Provoking Activities Into Your Day
Now we all know that one of the best parts about summer is the fact that it usually allows us to mentally wind down. It gives our brains a break from the all-nighters and ridiculously tiring lectures. But in order to get back in that mindset which is necessary for the academic year, it’ll help if you engage in activities that require thought. This might include trying out a new book, reading articles, or even checking out some problems to help prepare you for that statistics class in the fall. Whatever it is, if it includes numbers and/or words, it’s probably thought provoking, so go for it.
Overall, life is usually easier if you work smarter rather than harder. Instead of feeling suddenly thrown into the academic year, there’s a way for you to prepare. These steps are essentially the shortcut to making this coming semester one of your best semesters yet, so make sure to have fun, prepare, and enjoy the few long summer nights you have left.