Even though there are still a couple of weeks left of summer, it’s never too early to start planning for the fall. Fear not, though! The Daily Clog has some tips that are sure to make your school year a great one!
Google Calendar is your best friend
Going back to school means adjusting to a new schedule with some added responsibilities. Even though your club meeting times might not be set in stone yet, it’s still a good idea to add as much detail as possible to your Google Calendar.
When you start the semester, you’ll already have responsibilities like courses put into your calendar. This helps because you won’t have to worry about missing anything. Additionally, you can plan for other meetings when they come along and ensure you don’t schedule two things at the same time! If Google Calendar isn’t your cup of tea, physical planners and agendas work just as well.
Make sure you know the area you’re living in
A new school year means that you might be changing the place where you’re living. Wherever you may be moving to, it’s important to know the area, especially since you’re going to be spending most of your time there.
Check what buses run close to your new place, how far it takes for you to walk to your classes and what restaurants are around you. It can help you be better prepared to travel around Berkeley when you know these details ahead of time.
Plan out what you want to accomplish
If you’re an upperclassman, you should definitely plan out some of the important things to be keeping in mind. If you plan on recruiting for a summer internship or doing new grad recruiting, it’s important to see ahead of time when that usually happens for your major. Once you know the exact month you plan on doing each activity, it can help you plan out the months ahead so you aren’t overwhelmed.
You can do this with extracurricular activities as well, especially if you plan on being an officer in a club. Look at the months you might be the busiest and try to lighten your schedule during those times. Your future self will thank you for planning so far ahead!
Buy things that will help you in the long run
When you’re shopping for your new place, make sure to invest in things that will help you in the long run. Don’t try to skimp out on things like a mattress topper or water pitcher. These necessities will help you out during the stressful times you might have in the future, and you shouldn’t feel bad for spending money on them. This even goes for things that aren’t necessities but would make you happier in your space, like decorations.
Although you may hear this a lot, this is essential for any college student. During these last couple of weeks, try to add in some self-care activities. This could be working out or spending time with those you care about. Then, during the school year, try to keep up the habits you added to your schedule.
With these tips, you are sure to ace the school year while maintaining a good work-life balance in the process!