KHALIQ: transition strategies from summer to fall semester

Waking up at 7 am is not easy when you have been starting your day at 10 am for the last couple of months. The dream is over. You are going back to school for the fall semester, and it is already challenging. Now, you are a college student, so your parents may not have strict rules for you to go to bed at a certain time. You are an adult now, and it is your responsibility. Yup! Being an adult is not-so-fun sometimes. You are responsible for all the actions/decisions you take - a painful reality! You cannot blame anyone, including your parents, siblings, and your best friends, except yourself.  

You had the first week of the semester, and it was so much fun seeing your friends, sharing summer stories, making new friends, finding your ways to your classes or finally taking a sigh of relief when you saw yourself joining a class from the long waiting list. Usually, the first week is about the introduction to courses. Course syllabuses were given, and you felt a bit excited and nervous at the same time. 

After a week or so into the semester, you are getting tired easily. You have pressure to find a part-time job, and you miss those bright sunny days as the weather is also changing. This is why you create a schedule and a routine that helps you stay on track with your personal and professional goals. Please create a practical schedule. You won’t wake up every morning at 6 am for a workout when you have not wakened up in the past two months. Make smaller but practical goals. 

Go to bed early at night time even if it is 15 minutes early. On Sundays, pick out your outfits that you are going to wear for the rest of the week after looking at the weather. Organize your desk in advance with essentials such a good lamp, pens, paper and anything else. Write your goal grade for each class on a piece of paper and paste it in front of your reading space. Organize your backpack with books, stationery and other items the night before. Also, you may want to make your lunch ready at night time. Following these tips will save you a lot of time in the morning even if you hit that snooze button.

Remember, taking these few steps now will save you a lot of time in long-run and will make your school transition from summer to fall much easier and happier. 

Welcome to Fall 2019!  

Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. The views expressed are her own. She believes that kindness, smiles, love, and yawning is contagious. In her spare time, she likes traveling, 

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