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How to Get Back on that College Grind

As much as we want to be in denial about it, classes have started which means now is the time to slowly get your body, diet, and routine back on schedule for the school year. This can take some time since most of us have probably been sleeping till noon, having late night Chinese binges, and staying out until the crack of dawn. While I fully know and expect that this late night routine will probably still be instilled into next week and possibly the week after for a few (or most) students, I have come up with a few simple tips for how to slowly (but surely) adjust back into the college grind.

  1. Manage your sleep schedule. Never underestimate the power of a good night sleep. I know there are a few students who can properly function on 3-4 hours of sleep a night, but that’s not the case for most of us. It’s a fact that sleeping schedules get jumbled over the summertime, but if you try to change your summertime sleeping schedule into a more proper and regular schedule now, it will put you at an enormous advantage. The benefits are endless; you’ll be more energetic during the daytime and more cognitive during classes. In order to get on a proper sleeping schedule, I suggest trying to go to bed at a reasonable time like 11:00PM and attempt to get a full 8-9 hours of sleep.
  1. Set exercise times. One of the best ways to release stress from school and an overwhelming workload is to work out. It’s sometimes difficult to find the time to exercise, but if you set an exercise schedule that works well with your classes in advance, it will make planning your exercise time immensely easier.
  1. Diet. It’s easier to control your diet over the summer when you’re mostly relying on your parents to make your meals, but once you’re back at college, you have to put a conscious effort into what you’re eating. One of the simplest ways to try and contain your calorie consumption is to not to eat out/order out. Buying food from the grocery store and making it yourself gives you the control and knowledge of exactly what you’re eating. This makes it easier to know your calorie consumption and to keep your body healthy.
  1. Have designated going out nights. This one might be the toughest, but it really will be a lifesaver in the end. Having designated going out nights during the week can make everything a lot easier on you; you can be social and still have time to focus on your studies. It’s easy for people to get caught up in going out every night and trying to catch up on homework in the morning, but it’s not a healthy schedule to be on. Having planned nights where you know you’re going to be hanging out with your friends can be a good push to get your homework and studying out of the way in advance.
  1. Set balance. This one is also tough to fully get into action but living a balanced life is one of the keys to college. While you’ll probably never be able to achieve full balance between your extra-curricular activities and school work, at least attempting to create balance between the two can be beneficial. Part of the reason so many people go to college is the life experiences that come with it. Make sure that you’re putting school work first, but that you’re also not missing out on the opportunities that will be presented to you. Make sure to have fun, go to a few football/basketball games and hit up Chipotle on Marshall Street. Time goes by fast, so make sure you enjoy it!

By Nicole Shapiro