10 non-academic back to school tips

Sunday, 11 September 2016

As crazy as it sounds it’s mid-September now (HOW?!) and most of us are going back to school/uni. Back to the routine, deadlines and studying hard. That's why I’ve decided to write this list of non-academic advice I've learned over time. 

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. Okay, so probably everyone says this but ALWAYS bring water with you. Seriously, stay hydrated, friends.

2. Also, bring some snacks. You might get hungry mid class or after class, so it’s always good to have something with you. Or bring lunch if you have afternoon classes!

3. Always have an umbrella with you. YES, it makes your bag heavier but you’ll regret not having one if it suddenly starts pouring and you end up soaking wet. Not nice, people, not nice. It happened to me and later I was freezing in class.

4. It’s okay if you get home and you don’t want to immediately start working on your homework. Rest a bit. You’ve spent so many hours in classes and it really can be exhausting. It gets even worse if you then have to take a train back home which surprisingly (not really) is always packed. So yeah, do something you like when you get back home: take a short nap, watch a tv show, read or just literally do nothing. You'll feel refreshed later and ready to get some work done.

5. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. I know I know, sometimes you have to work until late or pull an all-nighter, you do you. But just try to sleep as much as you can, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

6. Always wear something that you feel comfortable in. Emotionally and physically. Believe me, it really does make a difference. Once I wore a pair of jeans that I don’t really like and that I’m not that comfortable in and it made me feel like shit and I worried about it all day. So yeah, comfort is key.

7. It’s okay if you skip one class (hell, maybe even two or more) because you are not feeling well or you’re feeling too anxious. Mental health is more important than a grade. You can always ask someone to lend you their notes later.

8. Exercise to feel less stressed. Working out helps you unwind because you release hormones and then (after you take a shower and maybe eat something) you feel more ready to study. Find an activity you enjoy and do it during a study break. It can be yoga, running, dancing or a simple workout from youtube. Just a few minutes is enough, to be honest.

9. Get involved. I'm not saying you should sign up for all kind of activities if that's not your thing (it certainly isn't mine) but you can try talking to the people that sit next to you. Maybe you make some great friends! I know that it can be hard too (it's so hard for me tbh) but more often than not they'll be happy to talk with you as well so that's nice.

10. Above all, do things for yourself. You’re studying to get an education for yourself, not to please other people. Same with everything else, honestly. So basically, you do you, friends. Don't let other people bring you down.

Hope some of these tips help someone!  
Do you have any advice that I've not mentioned in this post?

Anna x

6 comments

  1. Lovely post! I definitely agree with bringing water/snacks, purely because canteen food is extortionately priced at my uni! Also to be comfortable - some people dress like its a fashion parade and they surely can't be comfortable/relaxed when we have 5+ hours of lectures. Sweats and a baggy jumper are just *the one* 👌🏻

    Vee ✨ // veeosullivan.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Oh no that sucks :( It's just food, it shouldn't be that expensive, especially in uni... I know right! Totally agree with you haha
      Anna x

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  2. I certainly wasn't getting enough sleep last year and I want to change that. I hope that having classes in the afternoon will help me too, even though it can be very tiring. Getting involved is definitely a must! It can make things so much easier. I'd also add not forgetting the people who spent most summer with you, like friends who don't go to uni with you or relatives. I tend to focus on all things university but whenever I can I want to spend time with that other people.

    (I'll switch to Spanish because I didn't know how to say this expression properly so:) Que tengas un buen comienzo de clases Anna!! \(^o^)/

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    1. Aw, I hope you can sleep more this year! That's really good advice too, sometimes we just need to take a break from uni things haha
      haha it's okay, gracias y tú también, Laura!
      Anna x

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  3. Great list Anna! I really enjoyed reading it all! One of mine would be if you have more than one building that your classes are in, make sure you know what it's like inside temperature wise! Then you can dress according to that!
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Aah yes, that's a must too! Some classes are so cold and others so hot and it's so frustrating haha
      Anna x

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