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School is back in session and for most of us, that means no more video calls and laying around in pajamas all day. Transitioning back to in-person after being online for over a year has been an adjustment. Personally, I’ve been trying to get back into the routine of waking up early, walking to classes, and just being a normal student again. Here are a few tips that have been helping me get back on track!

  1. Get Out Of Bed

This should be an obvious one, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. When I had online classes, I grew a habit of bringing my laptop to bed with me. This led to me dozing off a few times while in class. Even this semester I still have some online classes, but I push myself to do them in the living room, the kitchen, or just a different room for some variety. The idea is to be up and ready for the rest of the day! This way I’m not laying in bed, but being productive.

  1. Eat Breakfast

I used to have a bad habit of sleeping in and skipping breakfast. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s crucial to get fuel and energy to be ready for the day! I go back and forth between having a heavier breakfast and keeping it light, but the idea is to just eat something to start your day off right.

  1. Get Outside

On days where I have no in-person classes, it can be easy to stay holed up in my apartment. It’s important for me to get out and grab a coffee, study or hang out with friends. I was constantly staying home last year and now I have the opportunity to be out and get some fresh air. 

  1. Go To Class (If You Can)

I know a lot of professors are trying to keep things flexible by having in-person classes, but also keeping Zoom links or recordings in case students aren’t feeling well and can’t attend class. If you’re comfortable enough and able to, I’d encourage you to go to class! The walk is a pain most of the time, but being in the classroom is helping me feel like things are somewhat normal again.

Alexis is a junior journalism major at the University of Texas At Austin. She enjoys writing about pop culture, entertainment, beauty and food. IG: @ave_lexi
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