The holidays probably now seem like just a distant memory for most, and for all you on campus students, your classes are just beginning. For returning students, it probably feels like ages since you left Nebraska Methodist College for winter break. For others who are just beginning your college studies, you might find yourself wondering how to succeed at college. While some of you might feel refreshed and ready to go, for others getting into or getting back to the routine of college and classes can be a real challenge. So here are a few tips to help you get back into the swing of college life:
- It’s all about establishing consistency. College is all about balancing your priorities—classes, studying, social life, and for some—family and perhaps even work. So it is just makes sense to set regular habits that can help you stay at the top of your game. Start first by establishing a routine for going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, and try to make your bedtime hour reasonable. Join a study group that meets regularly. Designate an evening as laundry night. Perhaps set up a time that you have coffee each week after class with a friend. Getting yourself into a regular schedule will help you settle in and focus in the classroom.
- Eat healthy. A well-balanced diet will help you stay energized and undistracted in class. And yes, that starts with a good breakfast. Of all the meals, breakfast, especially for college students, is the most important meal of the day. A good healthy breakfast will give you the energy and stamina you need to focus on your studies and go through your day. Avoiding breakfast will drain your energy quickly and may cause you to eat unhealthy foods. Avoid too much fast food or pop. Eating fast food will have you feeling lethargic, and drinking too many sugary, caffeinated beverages will leave you feeling jittery and distractible.
- Keep track of your assignments in a planner. Writing down what projects you are assigned and when they are due will help you stay organized so you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Avoid procrastination and embrace the new semester as an opportunity to get off to a strong start by working ahead on your assignments.
- Schedule exercise into your day. Exercising regularly will help you feel more energetic and less stressed out.
Block out an hour each day for a visit to NMC’s fitness center or for some other form of activity, like a walk or run on a nearby trail.
- Make time for friends. Whether you’re going to the movies or just hanging out in your apartment, spending time with your friends at NMC can be a great way to decompress after a long week in the classroom.