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How to kick off fall semester right: A few tips for a great start to new year

After a long, relaxing summer break, returning back to school and your other obligations at UW-Madison may be difficult. As classes begin, it can be easy to become overwhelmed to the point where it becomes hard to get things done. 

To avoid this, I have three easy tips for you to follow to help ensure a smooth start to this new school year. 

Get into a routine as soon as you can

Summer might not have necessarily been the most structured. If you’re anything like me, falling out of my usual routine or habit was easy this summer. 

As you come back, however, it is important to find a comfortable routine that is conducive to you and your schedule. 

Getting started with your routine right away will not only make you feel more organized, but it will help you set up your daily structure and find a way to balance your homework, social life, and hobbies. 

Setting yourself up for success and having an easy transition will ensure that you do not have to miss out on anything that is important.

Find a way to de-stress yourself

As summer ends you are hopefully coming back to school with a very de-stressed mind and a positive attitude. Unfortunately, it is very easy to become stressed again once classes are in full swing. 

To avoid this, do things during the week that ease your mind. Go for a run or take a stroll on the Lakeshore Path, grab ice cream at Memorial Union or watch the Badgers play at Camp Randall. 

Whatever it may be, remember to allow yourself to have fun so that you can have peace of mind and a balanced school year. 

Do not let yourself fall behind

Being on break for over three months can cause one to lose a lot of motivation. As all of the students return to campus and begin to have large workloads on their shoulders, it is important to remember to not let yourself fall behind.

College is where you come to learn, both about yourself and about the career path you want to take. 

You owe it to yourself to begin that journey by putting forth the highest amount of effort that you possibly can. 

By following all of these tips, you may find yourself on the path to success as we face the school year head on. 

Most importantly, remember to be yourself and cut yourself some slack. Balancing school, work, friends and a social life can be difficult, but you’re going to do great. 

Every new school year comes new opportunities, so do yourself a favor and start off strong for the best year yet.

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