Not everyone is always excited about getting back to the swing of things after a long break between semesters. I know it can be difficult feeling excited about school when all you actually want to do is go spend time with friends and relax. I deal with the same “back-to-school blues” every semester; so I am here to share the 6 best ways that I cope with them!
-Get School Supplies That You Actually Like-
This is the smallest step that you can take to start enjoying your classes! If you don’t like the look of your school supplies, how are you supposed to want to take notes in the first place? They don’t even have to be expensive, just choosing the colors that you enjoy will make you more inclined to pull out your notes and get into the swing of things! These are my school supplies for my classes this semester – as you can tell, they are all very bright and colorful! They also have a tropical feel to remind me of home [not to mention I have always loved all things beach-y and tropical]!
- My laptop decal [not pictured] is from Urban Outfitters and can be found here. [I also have the matching keyboard cover!]
- My pencil case is from ElenaIllustration Etsy Shop.
- My favorite pens! [Find them here!]
- My agenda is from Lilly Pulitzer but they are currently out-of-stock from the After Party Sale!
- You can find the FiveStar folders at most stores that sell school supplies.
- The pineapple notebook was a gift [sorry I can’t tell you where to find it!]
Having a hard time balancing all of your activities and schoolwork? Check out a previous blog post that I wrote here!
-Pick Up a New Activity or Hobby-
Picking up a new hobby or activity is a great way to take your mind off of the hustle and bustle of the week. It can be something as elaborate as joining a new club or starting to play an intramural sport, or can be as simple as having a movie night with your roommates every week on set days. Another option is to rekindle a love for an old hobby. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more books for pleasure [something I used to love to do] and start painting again. These are good to do to burn some down time and relax, and aren’t expensive or very time-consuming. Finding an activity to do will keep your mind occupied [preventing boredom] and can help you cut down on the screen-time that we are always exposed to.
-Take at Least One Class You’re Interested In-
For some people, they don’t enjoy most of the classes they are in. I know I’ve taken multiple semesters where I didn’t enjoy all the classes that I was taking. Luckily this semester, I have all classes in my major, and are all classes that I feel are going to be helpful and interesting! In previous semesters, if I haven’t had the most enjoyable class schedule, I throw in a class that I can look forward to every week! [One of my semesters was: animal health, animal behavior, biology and lab, American literature, beef cattle techniques, and ballet dance!] While I love my animal science classes, they can get very difficult all piled on top of one another, so that ballet class was a great way for me to get some physical activity in as well as relax and unwind between all my difficult classes.] One thing to consider is finding electives that are pertinent to your major. While ballet clearly wasn’t a part of my major, beef cattle techniques was a class that I thoroughly enjoyed and got one of my degree requirements done!
-Take an Exercise Class with Friends-
Most people that I know struggle with staying active. Even if they’re good at keeping up with workouts, they don’t always enjoy them [from my experience and what I’ve heard]. The gym can be intimidating, especially if you don’t spend a lot of time there. One thing that keeps me going to the gym and staying active is taking classes with my friends! These classes are lots of fun and make staying active much easier! The gym is free for students at most universities, and signing up for classes are too! Many of these classes are unique and offer a different type of workout than you would get on a machine. Some classes that my friends and I love are called Raise the Barre, Happy Hour Cycling, Zumba, and more! Other classes offered include HIIT training, water aerobics, strength classes, core workout classes…the list goes on and on! Grab a group of friends and try some classes that sound fun! [If you really don’t like the gym, head out with some friends and find some running or hiking trails to try out!]
-Splurge on a Cute Outfit-
Even if you get the outfit only for the first day, and wear a big t-shirt to class every other day, wearing a new outfit always feels good! You could get a new outfit for class, for the weekends, for an interview, anything! I bought a super cute pair of pants from the Lilly After Party Sale, and I can’t wait for it to be warm enough to wear them! Wearing something that you love will help you beat the blues because it helps you feel good about yourself. When you feel good, you tend to get more done. If you aren’t happy with your outfit, your mood for the day can reflect how you’re feeling about what you’re wearing. Even if you can’t splurge on a new outfit, go through your closet and put together an outfit you haven’t worn yet! You’d be surprised how old pieces can go so well with pieces you’ve never paired them with before!
-Explore the Area Like You’ve Never Been There-
One good thing about coming back to your college town is the familiarity. This can also
make you feel like you’re not enjoying the area as much as you typically do. If you take some time on a weekend and explore some areas you haven’t spent much time in you can feel like you’re in an entirely new place! I know I love traveling, so being stuck in the same area can drive me crazy. I also get very stir-crazy if I spend too much time inside. Finding new places to explore with friends [or even alone!] will help you to get past that “stuck” feeling of being in a small town. Even in a super tiny college town, just sitting in a new area of campus between campuses can reveal different perspectives of campus that you’ve never seen before! Spend some time visiting nearby towns, you’d be surprised what you can find! Even if you don’t have time to venture off campus very much, find a new study spot! I love spending time outside studying when the weather is nice!
I hope this post will help you to beat those back-to-school blues, like they help me! What are some other things that help you jump-start the semester? Sound off in the comments!
P.S. So excited about my new signature! How do you like it?!