Starting a new class/course/school/uni can be a pretty daunting thing! It can also be stressful and can change a person completely. But it doesn’t have to be this way.. Here is my advice and tips on starting something new. I’ve also started a new course this year, so i know exactly how you feel! This is my third college course… This time, at 21 years old, I’ve finally found what I want to do with my life.. Thank god!!!
1. Be organised
Being organised is super important when doing anything.. especially school, college, uni and work. Being organised will help you meet deadlines and will help you keep on top of things throughout the year, so try not to fall behind and always turn up to class!!
2. Buy new stationery
I absolutely love buying new stationery. I always feel like I have my life together when buying stationery (even though I definitely don’t haha!!) This can sometimes encourage you to work harder! Primark usually have gorgeous stationery so go for a shopping spree!!
3. Don’t worry
One of the main tips to take on board when starting something new is do not worry! Worrying can make you stressed and effect your work. It can also get you down and could lead to depression. So relax and don’t overthink, give yourself a bit of me-time and remember to talk to someone if something is on your mind.
5. Manage your time wisely/Balance
If you’re a little geek like me.. making a timetable and to do lists is your idea of fun! This is a great way to arrange your free time around lessons and meetings. Balance is so important so remember to have time to yourself outside work and college. Meet up with some friends, go to the gym, but make sure this doesn’t effect studying time.
6. Stay positive
Staying positive will make the year fly by! Staying positive will also reflect on your grades, if you have a negative attitude, this will make you lose motivation to complete work and try your hardest.
7. Set targets
Setting targets will help you meet deadlines and pass assignments. I like to set targets so when I have a deadline coming up, I can finish the work a few days before so I can relax knowing the work is done!
8. Get enough sleep
YAY!! Sleep is extremely important. Make sure you get enough sleep every night so you can get up early and ready to go start a new day. Lack of sleep will definitely reflect on your work.. and eventually it will catch up with you!
9. Eat and drink properly
Starting a new academic year is a great time to start eating healthy! A healthy body means a healthy mind, so put down that chocolate bar and have an apple instead! Make sure you drink plenty of water too, keeping hydrated will keep your energy levels up and you will be able to concentrate harder! I recently bought the Lucy Watson Feed Me Vegan book which is amazing and I feel like this will motivate me to eat healthier and try new recipes out!
My main advice/tip is to enjoy your time in school/college/university! These are the best years of our lives and it is so important to enjoy that time and not stress too much! You only live once and you should definitely make the most of it!
Good luck to anyone starting something new/or has already started like myself! I hope you enjoy the year and stick at it! It’ll be totally worth it! x