5 Ways to Beat Those Back-to-School Blues

Here’s what to do now that summer’s almost over.

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It’s that time of the year again — back to school. And amongst all the excitement of ‘What to Wear’ Youtube videos and stationary hauls, there’s a part of me that is dreading the thought of having to head back. (Hopefully I’m not the only one who feels this way.)

So, to celebrate the end of summer and the return to the books, here’s a list of a few ways to feel excited for the academic year ahead.

1. Start a Planner

Planner and pen on a laptop.
Planning out your time can help you feel more prepared.

I know, I know, I always start planners and never follow through past the first few weeks. But I feel like they always help me focus on my goals and get back in the swing of things. 

You don’t even need to splurge on a fancy one with the dates set. Even writing down your daily tasks and planning for the week ahead can help make you feel prepared for school. And if you’re artistically inclined, doodling or using lots of colorful washi tape can be a good way to destress as well!

2. Meet Up with Friends

Group of friends on grass with city in the background.
Seeing your friends one last time is a good way to end the summer.

One of the things I miss the most when I’m in college is knowing I won’t see my friends from home for another year. Getting together before you all set off again is a nice way to see everyone one last time

Try anything from a barbecue at your house, to a nice meal at a restaurant, to a pampering session at a spa. Besides, any excuse for a party, am I right?

3. Retail Therapy

Girl looking through racks of clothing.
Buying things that make you happy can make you more excited to return to college.

What is the tried-and-true method of instant happiness? Shopping! You don’t even have to spend tons of money. Buy some new stationary so you want to make notes, or that dress you’ve wanted the entire summer that you can rock on your first day of classes. 

Even a few pieces to spruce up a dorm room can do wonders for making you feel more excited for the school year, and make it feel more like home rather than a temporary space.

4. Pick Classes You’re Excited About

Person on laptop with textbooks.
Trying something new is always a good idea.

Trying out that cool modern literature class or learning about astrophysics is a good way of breaking up the routine of your degree subject, and gives you something to look forward to every week. 

This isn’t an option for everyone, as not everyone has optional modules, but even if you don’t, extracurriculars are always a good idea, and are amazing places to meet people with similar interests as you.

5. Remember Your Goals

Girl looking down sitting by the water.
Remind yourself of your past and future goals.

You worked hard to get into college, and there was a reason for that. Taking a bit of time to reflect on why you’re there and how college will help you in the future can motivate you to work harder in your studies and make the most of your time.

How do you beat the back-to-school blues?

If you’ve been feeling the same way as I have, and your heart starts beating a little faster at the thought of school, I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Good luck, and I’m sure we’ll all have a great year!

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