Regardless of how tired you are of parents and curfews, it is hard to leave the fun of summer vacation behind to face the stresses of the new school year; so here are some tips to get back into the swing of things here in State College
- Plan a hangout with your best pals from the previous year: Let’s be real, your friends are your favorite thing about Penn State and having the chance to laugh and joke with them is a good way to remind yourself of all the awesome memories that are waiting to be made this semester.
- Remember to keep in touch with family and friends back home: Yes, after shedding some tears that you are thankful your roommate was nice enough to pretend they didn’t see after your parents dropped you off, you are now determined to forget all about home and focus solely on school. If this describes you, then I admire your tenacity but it is my job to remind you that it is important to keep in contact with your favorite people from back home. After all you do not want to be the person who goes back home and has to watch on snapchat as all your friends hang out without you.
- Keep a physical calendar: You are not a super genius with the brain of a computer, you are a tired college student who can barely remember to eat three square meals a day. I do not care how smart you think you are, it is not possible for you to remember all the deadlines and due dates that you will be bombarded with if you are relying solely on your sleep deprived brain. For your own peace of mind keep a physical calendar with the due dates of tests, quizzes, and assignments noted on it and you will never be caught off guard by a due date again.
- Don’t just glance over your syllabus READ IT: Yes I know it is a lot of information to absorb, and the class hasn’t really started yet, and right now you are more worried about your fading tan than the date of your first midterm; but read that syllabus and memorize your teachers office hours and grading scale, you’ll thank me come finals week.
- Remember that you’re not in this alone: There is a student body of over 45,000 people who are just as reluctant to come back to a life of dining halls, communal showers, and temperamental teachers as you are so if you remember nothing else that High School Musical has taught you remember that we are all in this together.