Why do we still go to school or university when a lot of information has become so easily accessible to us on the internet? Do we want to know when the first man landed on the moon? Then we google it! Do you want to listen to music? If you go to Youtube or Spotify. Need to figure out what 67 percent of 110 is? Do you use the calculator on the phone.
Although we have all the information available 24 hours a day, school or university is about so much more than mastering equations or memorizing important dates: it’s about the fundamentals you learn in a classroom or in a lecture hall and about the relationships and personal connections you make with colleagues and professors. Coming back to school after a long summer break can be quite tough regardless, and to make it easier for you, we’ve come up with 9 ways to make the start of school a little less painful.
- Start routines early
You can’t count on going to bed at 2am and getting up when your alarm goes off at 6:45am. So, about a week before school starts, try to go to bed at a reasonable time to be able to get up earlier. It is much better than having to start the day with 10 cups of coffee.
- Make a to-do list
Make a list of everything you need to buy and do before school starts. You will feel that you have more control over your school situation and be more prepared for the start.
- Get ready the night before
If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably waste an hour or so in the morning trying to find today’s outfit. Save time by choosing your outfit and packing your bags the night before. It will give you a lot more time in the morning so you can sleep longer or have a long nice breakfast.
Eat it every day! It is what will give you energy and focus for what you have to accomplish during the day. Remember, your brain needs fuel just like your car.
- Plan your journey to school
Do you cycle to school? Or do you take a bus or train to? Make sure you have a plan so you arrive on time. Make sure you keep track of your gadgets, and above all a fully charged battery on your mobile phone. It’s annoying to run out of battery on your smartphone on the way to school or university or forget your headphones at home so you’re forced to listen to your neighbor’s loud phone call at 8am.
- Be talented and ambitious
I’m not saying you should sit at the front of the classroom. Just make a good impression, be curious, ask questions and submit your information on time. This way, teachers and professors will respect you, and they will be more likely to help and support you during your studies.
- Make new friends
Keep your old friends but also try to make new relationships, go to social events, mingle in class or join at least one new club that matches your interests. You should also try to find a study buddy, preferably someone older who can give you good tips for upcoming exam periods. Like I said before, friends are what make school so special, so make sure to make them a priority!
- Don’t go over your budget
You are still a student after all! So, until you start work, make sure you don’t overspend on cafeteria snacks or waste money during the weekend on outings with friends. Make a budget and stick to it!
- Personal development
During your studies, you can develop your personality by learning so much about yourself and how you act and react in different contexts. Feel free to challenge yourself to test what you’re up to, but don’t succumb to peer pressure. Dare to believe in yourself! Your friends will respect you more if you stand up for your opinions.
Don’t forget that your time at school or university will be some of the best years of your life and above all the freest! Most people can attest that no matter how demanding it may be during certain periods, you will miss the time once it is over.