Preparing for the Spring Semester
Christmas break is that sorely needed, longer-than-a-month lack of classes that rejuvenates and refreshes your batteries and helps you regain some semblance of the sanity you lost the previous semester.
There is no doubt that winter break is a glorious time, and it’s nice to have an intermission from classes and homework and all the other things that come with college life. It’s easy to slip into a lazy routine and relax on the couch or in your bed with your dog and begin binge watching episodes of shows. The great thing is you don’t have to feel guilty about it. You’re on break — pretty much a free pass in the laziness department.
Eventually, however, the middle of January rolls around, and it’s time to begin shaking off the cobwebs and preparing yourself to come back to the sidewalks and halls of Angelo State. It can be difficult to get back into the routine, especially after you have been out of it for more than a month, but I have some tips to help you get back in gear as smoothly as possible.
Know Your Class Schedule
It’s a good idea to have your class schedule memorized before you get back on campus. It can help you envision your days and somewhat have a mental image of what to expect, which can alleviate some of the uncertainty and confusion when you get back.
Know which buildings you have to hike between each day; it’s OK not to know locations of specific classrooms, because you can always find those later.
Get Into a Reasonable Sleep Schedule
This is a big one. Now I’m not so naïve or optimistic as to tell you to begin setting your alarm for the exact time you will have to get up in the spring to get to your classes, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say it helps to begin going to bed and getting up at normal hours.
That means no staying up past 3 a.m. playing video games or watching Netflix and sleeping in past noon. At least make an effort to go to bed and get up earlier. It will make the adjustment when you get back to school miles and miles easier, I assure you, particularly if you have an 8 a.m. class, which will take some getting used to.
Talk to Your Friends and Make Some Plans
Hopefully you haven’t completely stopped talking to your friends during the break, but it’s always fun to shoot them a text or call them up really quick and ask if they are ready for the spring semester.
Make some plans for the first week or two back so that you have something to look forward to and set your eyes on as you get through those first days.
Come on! Life isn’t so bad. You’re in college, something lots of people never get to experience. Think about all the fun things that go on here each and every day, and get yourself pumped to come back.
Angelo State is a great place to be, and there is a reason you chose to go here rather than somewhere else. Remember those reasons and remember to enjoy your time here, because these days won’t last forever.