Going back to college after a long break can seem daunting, especially for University of Miami students who were gifted an extra-long winter break. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t get back into the groove of school again soon. There are plenty of ways you can start adjusting to your daily routine again. It’s also important to remember to have a balance of not only work but also time to yourself.
Four UM students shared useful tips about managing going back to school. Alexandra Berman, a sophomore majoring in advertising, mentioned that she’s been able to get back into a routine by following a to-do list and sticking to her class schedule. When it comes to combatting stress, Berman recommended a planner or journal. “I think keeping a to-do list journal is super helpful for scheduling out classes, homework and extracurriculars,” she said.
Berman also highly recommended meditation. She discussed how meditation has allowed her to carve out time for herself and focus on the present moment without worrying about the many tasks she must complete.
To stay motivated and disciplined with schoolwork, Berman ensured she doesn’t procrastinate by getting as much work done as possible immediately after it’s assigned. She also said that taking more frequent breaks and exercising has allowed her to be more productive and less distracted when returning to work.
Senior Mariana Bolognani, an advertising management major, said she’s been easing back into her routine by writing down everything she needs to do to keep up with personal tasks and school time. Bolgnani has been tackling stress by maintaining a good sleep schedule and going on walks at least a few times a week to clear her head.
Senior Abigail Adeleke, a journalism and psychology major, is not only busy with her school schedule but also serves as UM’s student government president. She said the most important tip she can give to other students about getting back into routines and controlling stress levels is to take it one day at a time. “You are not a robot. You need to eat, rest and recuperate. Therefore, spend time for yourself between schoolwork. Your brain will thank you,” she said.
One of Adeleke’s most significant motivations is being surrounded by a positive support group. “My friends are always excelling academically, and they encourage me to be a better student and overall person,” she said.
Amita Tilak, a junior majoring in political science and philosophy, discussed how it was difficult at first for her to ease back into the system after such a long break. She started to prepare herself by organizing her calendar, looking at all her courses’ syllabi and exam dates and writing down due dates for papers.
Tilak said she aims to work out a minimum of two to three times a week because it boosts her mental health. She also said she makes sure she gets enough hours of sleep and eats healthy to relieve her stress levels.
After hearing from a handful of UM students, one can see how little activities such as working out twice a week or simply going for a walk to clear your mind can help you ease back into your daily routine. Receiving project and homework deadlines for many different courses can be overwhelming, but you also want to avoid procrastinating and make sure you have enough time to finish all your work. Remind yourself to take life one day at a time, stay organized and include time for yourself. These techniques will set you up for a successful and healthy semester. This whole academic year still feels somewhat strange due to COVID-19 but hang in there! Stay safe, everyone, and have a happy spring 2021!
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