One thing that I learned moving back to college every year is that the days leading up to the big move are crucial in setting the tone for your year. Especially as a freshmen. So, let’s make the most of the summer sunshine to really make us feel great going into the school year. Here are seven tips to do just that!
1. Go on one last summer adventure! Hit the beach, surf some waves, cross “explore a new city” off of your bucket list. Drive to the state line with friends. Go camping. Get outside. Whatever you do, just make sure to embrace adventuring.
2. Find a fitness routine that can easily adapt to your schedule. Try out some Youtube workout videos, get into a running routine or find some exercise classes you like. Be sure you know how to get in a good workout even if you feel lazy or tired in college.
3. Connect with upperclassmen online or in your neighborhood. I would definitely recommend this to any freshman. It’s so important to know the basics going into your first year. Upperclassmen have been there before and can tell you what to pack, where to go and what to eat. (And that the Target down the road isn’t going to have any Command strips or notebooks left.) Also, if you can, get in touch with some students who have the same interests as you or the same major. They can answer lots of questions in regards to classes or what clubs to join. In college, your year doesn’t really matter, I’ve had friends of all years and it’s been wonderful.
4. Get that haircut you’ve always wanted. Go for something different for the school year or get your hair trimmed, since it may be a long time since you would see your regular hairdresser. This is just a physical change you can do to get in the mindset that a whole lotta new things are coming your way.
5. Clean out your room and get rid of things you don’t need. Living at college means you have two rooms, probably, one at home and one at school. With that, come lots of extra things you don’t need. Organize or throw away some of your high school supplies or older things. By doing so, you can also find some old photos to hang in your dorm room. Organizing can be a good way to process the changes happening in your life.
6. Spend time with your family. This is so important and one of my favorite things about summertime. Be intentional to do something nice for your parents and siblings. Make sure they know you love them and that they are such an important part of your life. Even if you’ll see them the next weekend or a couple weeks down the road, let them know that they are appreciated!
7. Make goals for your semester. Make a plan for the next season in your life with goals you want to achieve. Get organized, but also plan on throwing your plans out the window. Make some fun goals and some academic goals. Some career ones and some personal ones. Take time to know that changes are on their way, and it may be the best time of your life!
P.S. Tomorrow I leave to move my brother into college and then we are on the road back to NC. I will have Dana from Through Bright Eyes tomorrow on the blog to share tips on how to get a job on campus. I hope you all give her some love!
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