It’s been almost a year since everything was moved online – classes, club meetings, social events. If you’re like me and have been remote this entire time, you might have found it hard to be away from campus life. Take it from me: I’m a freshman studying in Shanghai and I haven’t even been to campus yet! Throughout my fall and spring semesters, I’ve struggled with the time difference, the workload, and how to balance the two with my wellbeing. Here are some tips I’ve learned that can help you stay on track:
- Maintain a basic routine.
Being cooped up in your dorm on campus or your home, you might get into the habit of not changing your clothes on the regular, showering every day, or simply brushing your teeth. After all, you rarely have anywhere to be. Yet, remember it’s important to take care of yourself. Once in a while, try wearing an outfit you feel comfortable and confident in. Brush your teeth twice a day. I promise you, once you get into that shower, you’ll feel so much more equipped to write that essay.
- Tidy up your study space.
Whether it be a desk or dining table, try to declutter your space. Not only will you be able to focus on your work more, but you might also be more inclined to study in an area that brings your satisfaction instead of more stress.
- Create a realistic schedule.
To stay on top of your game, try to create a brief to-do list or schedule for classes and assignments. But here’s the catch: it has to be realistic. Designing an agenda that doesn’t make sense to you will only generate more stress. How long can you study for before you lose focus? Are you more of a night owl or an early bird? Knowing your habits and scheduling accordingly will allow you to consistently stick to your plan.
- Give yourself time to rest.
College alone can be overwhelming to many students, and doing it via Zoom doesn’t make it any better. Remember to put aside time into doing things you enjoy. Maybe it’s making art, playing video games, staying active, or simply playing with your pet. This way, classes online won’t feel so draining.