With a new school year right around the corner, it’s important to set yourself up for success with healthy habits that create structure and instill confidence. With a plan in place, there’s nothing you can’t do!
1. It’s Cool to be Kind
The coolest thing you can do is be kind. Listen to others. Show compassion. Hold open doors. Compliment a stranger. Say “thank you.” You never know what kind of day your peers are having, and even a small gesture could mean the world to someone else (and their smile will be contagious).
2. Check in with your support circle.
If you have a bit of downtime between classes or a commute, reach out to someone you love. A quick chat helps pass the time, ease anxiety, and connecting with your loved ones straight up feels good.
3. Nourish your body.
On-campus dining is not always the most nutritious. Make sure to eat enough whole foods throughout the week, and choose better-for-you options when it comes to caffeine, snacks, and other beverages when possible.
4. Avoid cramming
Moderation is key to avoiding burnout. Studying a little bit each day helps you retain information longer. Try the Pomodoro method of 25 minute studying chunks with 5 minute breaks!
5. Treat Yo’self
School is hard! From late night studying to exam days, and simply trying to find time for your own hobbies, it’s important to give yourself some recognition when you’re crushing it. When you hit milestones you’re proud of, whether it’s acing a test or showing up on time, give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.
6. Stay organized.
There’s a place for everything and everything has its place. Staying organized makes life easier. Not only does it prevent you from wasting precious time (we see you, same-day homework doers), but it means you can get your work done faster.
7. Charge your laptop.
And your phone! And your headphones! And everything in between! A low battery means low productivity and insta-panic. Start the day off right with a full battery and don’t forget your charger.
8. Find a community.
Join an intramural league, club, or academic society. These are great outlets to meet new people. And, having something social on your calendar is a great way to break up the week and provide some much needed fun.