After sleeping 10+ hours a day, donning pajamas as a daily uniform, and only using a computer for Netflix or Facebook, it may seem rather daunting to try to ease your way back into term time. However, it is, indeed not at all impossible. Follow these tips for a successful transition away from the treats and time spent not studying and back into a term full of tasks:
- SLEEP…just not as much as you did over break. However, sleep is vital and rather than staying up late trying to savour the last moments of your free time, I highly recommend you spend it sleeping so you’re fresh and ready to go for new classes, especially if you’ve been travelling and are jet-lagged or are a bit out of sorts in general.
- EAT…just not like you did over break, that is, assuming your diet consisted mostly of Christmas cookies, eggnog, and other such not-so-brain-food or healthy food delicacies. Have a good, solid breakfast the morning before your first class to get off on the right foot upon your return.
- READ…just not only text messages like you probably did over break. Try to get a head start on any reading posted on the Hub or elsewhere and you will 100% be thanking yourself when adjusting into “school mode” again.
- PLAN…just not necessarily only parties perhaps as you did for the holidays. Instead, try to take a long-term view of your next semester. Whether its application deadlines, project due-dates, or any other important schedule matters, note them now so you don’t forget when things only become busier later.
- BUT…still make sure to have some fun. Although break is usually seen as the time to relax, it’s still important to balance long days of studying with well planned and well deserved respites of non-school related activities.
Lauren is studying for our MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programme.