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Adjusting to School Life After Winter Break

Miami University is unlike other college campuses in many ways, especially in terms of our winter break. Some people take the 6 weeks we have off to study abroad, others take it to fulfill some credits they don’t have room for in the normal semesters. I took this time to pick up some shifts at my part-time job, hang out with my High School friends and relax from the strenuous fall semester.

I very quickly readjusted to life at home where I had my own room, home cooked meals and very few responsibilities. I binge watched a few TV shows, cuddled up with my dogs and enjoyed my time away from campus. This luxury was short-lived, however, because before I knew it January 27th rolled around and I was moving back into my dorm.

Adjusting to college life after spending 6 weeks at home is easier said than done. Trying to decide what clothes to bring back and what food I still had in my room was a struggle. The week before classes started I tried to start getting myself in school mode. I filled out my planner with my spring semester schedule, did the homework I already had assigned for the first day of classes (crazy right) and got all of my textbooks and school supplies for my classes. I knew it would be a bit of a tricky adjustment to go from lounging around the house to having 6 classes every week.

Utilizing my school planner and the stickies app on my laptop helped organize my life and make the transition to being a functional human being so much easier. We are two weeks into the semester and I already feel acclimated to campus life. It feels good to have a routine again and have something to do at all times of the day. Overall, the adjustment was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I’m glad to be back in my happy place and to take on Spring Semester.

Zoe Kelley

Miami (OH) '22

Marketing and Professional Writing student at Miami University in the Farmer School of Business. From West Chester, OH. I love dogs and my family fosters pit bulls. I love to read, write and play piano. My favorite book is Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger, My favorite movie is Chicago and my favorite TV show is How I Met Your Mother. I love to go to the beach and I hope to someday live in New York City. I was a dancer for 16 years in all styles.
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