We are weeks away from the start of School. I can already hear the collective sighs of students all over the tri-state area. Thankfully, I am personally very excited for school to start back, but that doesn’t mean that back-to-school commercials and advertisements don’t catch me off guard every year.
About 2 weeks ago I was visiting the Forever 21 in Times Square and was shocked (though I really shouldn’t have been considering back-to-school ads on television start earlier and earlier every year) to find a chalk board highlighting their Back to School deals. It was at that moment that I felt the summer get sucked out of my body and begin to be replaced by thoughts of higher education. However, this transition from summer to school doesn’t have to be as dramatic for you. There are a few things you can do to get yourself ready.
1. Buy your books
Or rent them. Or download them. Or ask a friend to loan them to you. Or borrow them from the library. However you plan on getting your books this year, get them early. Having and touching and reading your textbooks before starting classes can jolt your mind back into school mode. Whether students want to admit it or not, textbooks can be pretty interesting. However, they often don’t get the chance to fully immerse themselves in everything new they are learning or get the chance to read recommended references due to time constraints or general stress. Then on summer break, the last thing students want to do is study on their own. This is their time to recuperate! That’s why this transition period is helpful. You can brush up on old subjects and give yourself a precursor to the new things you will be learning in these weeks leading up to the first day of school.
2. Reminisce on the good times
If you’re returning to the same school you attended last semester, chances are you made friends and created good memories. So I suggest thinking back on the good times to assure yourself that the upcoming semester is not going to be strictly stress and late nights, but unforgettable moments as well. Reminiscing on happier times can even build your excitement for the new semester.
3. Get reacclimatized
Try and dedicate part of your day to making the trek out to your school. This is certainly easier for Nyack Manhattan students than for Rockland students, but the trip will be worth it. I understand spending that extra $2.75 or buying a New Jersey transit or LIRR ticket to not even go to class is not totally appealing, but I can tell you that physically being on the campus beforehand will assist in putting your mindset into school mode.
4. Accept it
It’s coming. It’s happening. Don’t be in denial about it, just accept it. The sooner you accept it, the easier this will be. School is starting back, and you’re starting with it. “The day will happen whether or not you get up.” – John Ciardi
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