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Tips on Going Back to School This Fall

Whether your classes are hybrid, online, or in-person, going back to school this Fall feels like a difficult task after a worldwide lockdown, national civil unrest, an economic collapse, and an upcoming presidential election.

Here are a few tips to make life seem a little more “normal” as we go back to school.

CREATE A ROUTINE

Getting into a routine can give you a sense of normalcy. This may mean creating a schedule that includes when to exercise, do homework, laundry, nap, and get groceries. It may be overwhelming receiving your first few school assignments, but a routine can help mitigate the stress as you manage your time thoughtfully.

GET A PLANNER

This can help you in creating and sticking to a routine. A planner will help you to organize your schedule and your thoughts. This can be a great resource to stay on top of your schoolwork, and to plan fun events to look forward to!

GET A JOB

This can be a great way to distract yourself and make some extra cash. Getting a job can also help with time management and holding yourself accountable. This step may not work for everyone, especially if you have a heavy class load, or COVID-19 health concerns.

DECORATE/ORGANIZE YOUR ROOM

Now that the majority of students in the U.S. are attending school online, it is only fitting that you design your “school space” to be comfortable and practical. This may help you feel more focused on your classes, as well as take away that temptation to lay in bed all day. Also, if you ever need to quarantine, you would be doing so in your own nice and comfortable space you created.

CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS

These have been unprecedented times that most everyone is struggling with. Going back to school with this new format is a major life change. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself––try journaling your experience going back to school, do some yoga, exercise, watch a movie, or facetime friends and family. It is also important to check in with your peers. We are all in this together, and you never know if someone is struggling.

These disruptions to our everyday life are teaching us adaptability and perseverance. Here’s to new beginnings and a great school year!

I am a junior at The University of Denver. I am double majoring in international studies and journalism with a minor in marketing. A few of my favorite activities are cooking, painting, listening to music, spending time with friends and swimming in the lakes in Minnesota. I have always had a love for writing!
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