The semester is ending and summer fun is just around the corner. When I think of college and June I remember it as a time of relaxation, orientation into a new summer job, summer crushes, summer school, and laying by the pool with friends. Summer fun is important and should be celebrated, however, you have an ample opportunity with a little bit of summer freedom to prepare for the coming year. Spreading out some of your back to school responsibilities over the summer months will leave you feeling more calm and make things a bit more manageable. For example:
1. If you are in an organization where you pay dues, start saving now (even if it is just a little bit) to avoid monetary stress in the fall.
2. Contact someone who has taken the classes you are enrolled in for the fall and learn now what the professor will be expecting of you. This will alleviate any sort of discomfort with the ambiguity of starting a new semester.
3. If you know of a book or article you will have to read for a fall class, do it this summer! Even choosing to read 5 pages will help you feel less overwhelmed when the actual time for assignments occurs.
4. Reflect and Renew- think about last year- what did you love? What would you change? What do you wish you did more or less of? Set some measurable and attainable goals for this fall.
I remember summer in college so fondly but I also remember dreading those first few weeks when I returned to campus and all of the hustle and bustle of a new semester seemed to hit me all at once. So, while you are relaxing by the pool with your new summer crush, take a moment to do a little something to plan ahead.
~Ross Szabo, Mental Health Survivor Expert, Campus Calm, with Colleen Coffey