As we creep into September, it becomes evident that summer is coming to an end and fall semester is in full effect. Considering it is the second week of school, we should all be in school mode, right? Well, not exactly. In case you aren’t completely prepared for what lies ahead, I have a few tips to help you get there. It can be easy if you do it right. In fact, it can be kind of fun.
Make time to eat!
After a summer of spoiling yourself with delicious homemade food and restaurant meals, it can be hard to stock your own fridge again, let alone make meals. With schedules jam-packed with classes throughout the day, it can be hard to even find time to eat.
Here are some tips:
1. Try to buy snacks and small meals that are easy to bring to school or work. Vegetables, fruit, crackers, Trail mix, salads and small sandwiches are all great foods that you can grab-and-go.
2. If you are on campus all day, try using Wildcat Dollars to purchase food! By clicking here, you can add money to your student ID card and use it at any of the campus food stations. They carry items such as fruit, sandwiches, salads, snacks, drinks and much more. It is a quick and easy way to fill yourself up.
Find time to exercise
With a busy schedule, adding exercise into your daily routine can seem like a tough challenge. Even though exercising can be a drag, especially when you’re tired, it can be a great way to de-stress, clear your mind and remain healthy. Here are several ways to get a workout in during the week.
1. Attend classes at the WREC Center:
The WREC Center is open every day of the week and offers over a dozen group exercise classes. Each class ranges from 30 minutes to an hour and focuses on various aspects of the body. A list of class descriptions can be found in the WREC section of the Associated Students website. Make sure to check out the schedule to see which classes best fit your busy day.
2. Try exercising at home:
If you can’t make it to the gym, try simple exercises that you can do in a few minutes at home. I use the Nike Training Club app. It serves as my personal trainer that is available at my convenience. I can choose workouts that meet my needs, listen to audio instructions, track workout results and share workouts with friends. The workout section of Pinterest has great workout routines as well.
Stay Organized & use apps!?
School calls for serious organization skills. Having a planner is the first step to organization. However, sometimes organization doesn’t seem like enough. Here are two apps that I have found extremely helpful.
1.Snap2PDF: I love this app. You can take pictures of anything, handouts, a page in a textbook, etc. and turn it into a PDF that you can then email to yourself. You can also create multipage documents that you can convert into one PDF instead of having a bunch of separate ones.
2. IStudiezPro: This app is great because it is tailored toward students and you can use it to manage your classes. The app allows you up upload your entire schedule and then add individual assignments and notes into each class section. It is a great way to stay organized and ensure you don’t miss assignments.