7 Tips to Ease the Transition Back to School

Some easy tips on how to get your brain and body ready for school again—you're welcome.

7 Tips to Ease the Transition Back to School

Dreading the start of classes? Are you procrastinating and getting all the sleep you can before the endless nights of studying? How about soaking in the last rays of sun before you're forced to be locked in a classroom or library doing homework? The suffering is real—I definitely feel your pain. But let's just try to drag ourselves away from that beer and head to the nearest drug store/office supply store to do a quick pre-semester prep. A few small steps today can help you get a jump start on the semester—or at least the first month of classes... after that, you're on your own kid.

1. Flex Those Muscles you Haven't Used all Summer

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Since kindergarten, your brain has instantly shut off from June to August—it's not surprising things haven't changed in college/high school. You've got to flex those brain muscles you haven't used all summer! Pick up a book to read or take on some brain teasers like Sudoku or the New York Times crossword—or maybe just a regular crossword puzzle... NY Times puzzles are pretty intense.

2. School Supplies

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You don't want to show up to class and be unprepared—at least not on the first day. Head to your local drugstore or office supply store for some pens, notebooks, binders and paper. Make sure your printer has enough ink for when you've got papers to print out and grab a calculator if you're taking math classes (or batteries for that scientific calculator you haven't used since the 10th grade.) Back-to-school sales are in full swing now, so be sure to stock up for the year because you won't find these uber cheap prices again.

3. Sleep Schedule

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Whether you worked or partied all summer, your sleep schedule is definitely going to be all over the place. Try to set an alarm to wake up earlier (and to go to bed earlier) so you're not falling asleep in your 9 a.m. classes once school starts.

4. BUY A CALENDAR!

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An essential thing to get your life in order is to buy a calendar so that, 1, you know what day your classes start and 2, you get organized! Get yourself a calendar or agenda book so you can write in what days, times and classrooms you have classes in. Once you get a syllabus, you can always add in the dates of exams and project or homework due dates. Having a schedule will give you something to follow when you're confused and seeing your future assignments listed out will force you to get to work. If you can get yourself started with the calendar, it could set you up for the rest of the semester.

5. Eat Healthy!

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The start of school also means chugging caffeine, with tons of junk food to support you during your hours of need while studying. Put down the pizza, stop the midnight snacks and the binge eating while you binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix—prep for the new semester with healthier alternatives instead. Pick up some oatmeal, frozen fruits, fresh salads and assorted nuts such as almonds.

[Read Related: "6 Energy-Filled Foods and Drinks to Replace Your Coffee"]

6. Paperwork and Packing!

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Double and triple check on your financial aid forms, any meal plans and paperwork you need to submit for dorms if you're living on campus. You don't want any missing paperwork causing delays in your finances or housing. If you're not familiar with your roommate, be sure to meet up with them to casually get to know each other—you will be living in close quarters for a long time. Start packing early, and make sure to have a list of what you need so you're ready to move in when school starts.

7. Get Dressed!

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You may have lived in pajamas all summer but it's time to get yourself together for the first week of school. Go through your closet and take out clothes that you don't wear, will never wear, or have worn so much you practically live in them. Donate the clothes, rearrange outfits to do something new or just go shopping for a few new items. A new school year means you get to re-invent yourself, and when you are comfortable with the way you look it only adds to your confidence. Looking the part will motivate you to wake up every day to get to class—I don't promise you'll get there on time but hey, at least you'll be "fashionably late."

Nila Choudhury

New York born and raised, Nila Choudhury (aka the encyclopedia of useless Bollywood knowledge) is avoiding rishta aunties by obtaining her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.