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Michelle's Top 5 Ways to Get Ready for Fall Term
Whether you're returning from a co-op term, coming back to campus after a restful summer, or joining the University of Waterloo community for the very first time, it can be difficult to get back into a school routine. Here are five tips on how you can get ready to head (back) to school.
1. Get back into a sleep routine
I’ll be the first to admit that it can be extremely difficult getting up for those 8:30 a.m. classes, but it's even harder when you have spent the last few months waking up at noon or going to bed when the sun comes up. With fall term right around the corner, start readjusting your sleeping schedule by going to sleep a half hour earlier than usual and setting your alarm a half hour ahead of when you would normally wake up. With each week, go to sleep an additional half hour earlier and set your alarm earlier until your schedule is back on track. Instead of drastically changing your sleep schedule in one night, try taking it slow so the gradual change will be much easier on your body.
2. Take inventory of school supplies
Instead of spending a lot of money to get a brand new set of supplies for the upcoming year, take inventory of what you already have and can use for another school year. From there, you can figure out what you still need and buy those items early before stores are packed to the brim with last minute shoppers rushing to get their supplies before move-in.
3. Online packing lists
For incoming first-years, you may be tempted to bring the entire contents of your room with you to university, but I can guarantee you don’t need as much as you think you do. There are plenty of packing lists you can find through a simple Google search to help guide your packing and ensure you have all the essentials, but don’t over pack. Your roommate will also thank you as your shared space won’t be cluttered with stuff you will never end up using.
4. Plan ahead, but not too far ahead
Take a look at your school schedule and any other commitments you may have ranging from a part-time job to sports or potential clubs you’d like to get involved in. There is so much to do on campus, but don’t spread yourself too thin. Figure out what your priorities are and plan a schedule accordingly. I would also suggest only planning for one term at a time to keep your goals tangible. Finally, before purchasing all your textbooks and any fancy supplies, wait until the first week of school to see if you will actually need them. From there you can pay a visit to the Feds Used Book Store or Campus Book Store for anything you still need.
5. Stock up on healthy snacks
My final tip may be the hardest one to follow: stock up your fridge and cabinets with healthy snacks. With so many easily accessible options to eat out around campus, you can find your take-out bills adding up quickly. I would advise to have nutritious food available at home to avoid eating out while fueling your brain. You can also avoid junk food cravings simply by not keeping any junk food at home - you can’t eat what isn’t there!
Alright Warriors, those are five tips from someone that has gone back to school many times. I hope you found them helpful and I wish you the best of luck this upcoming school year. Remember to study hard, find time to self-care, and your university experience is what you make of it. Good luck!