What to do before university starts

So uni’s around the corner for most of us Aussies- unless you’re one of the lucky few who have already started. If you are, then this post wasn’t directly made for you, however it might remind you of something that you have forgotten to do or make you realise that you should be doing something that you didn’t think you initially needed to do. Anyway, hopefully we’ve all had enough time to rest and recuperate over the summer holidays and just spent time relaxing and doing our own thing away from the pressure of uni. It’s nice to just be able to do your own thing, catch up with old friends who are also ploughing through the hustle and bustle of uni and work life and of course, sleeping. Some of us were lucky enough to go overseas somewhere- whether it be gallivanting through Asia or Europe, or just went somewhere for a week away with a road trip down the coast line. Others of us worked to get a little bit of extra cash and then there’s those of us who made a solid start on goals they had set for themselves.

Eventually though, most of us have to come back to reality and return to the hustle and bustle of uni life. Well, you don’t have to. Some of us do want to go back and finish off what we started but that’s another point in itself. At some stage in the next few weeks, you’ll find yourself trying to figure out what you need to do and how best to prepare yourself before the new semester starts. So, here are a couple of things that I think you should do.

I’m super pedantic when it comes to organising my text books and all the stationary I need. I like to have a squiz through the books before the semester starts and familiarise myself with the potential content. I find that doing this helps me when I actually get up to that chapter or point because I had already read it and had a basic understanding of what was going on. It’s helpful to read through beforehand because it won’t be a massive surprise or overwhelming when you have to read it thoroughly for class. Additionally, you’ll be in good stead once you start and won’t have to worry about whether your books arrive in time if you buy them earlier. Same goes for stationery. Sorting all this out will make the start of your semester a little less stressful and you can be organised from the get-go.

I’m one of those people who sets timers and dates for when you can start organising what units you want to do for the semester and sorting out my timetable. The sooner you do it, the better off you’ll be and it’ll save you a tonne of stress and worrying when the start of semester looms ahead of you. Sort these out within the time frame and you should hopefully get the timetable and units you were hoping to get. Yes, sometimes timetables can be a total pain and there’s no times that you really hoped for. But, chances are it’ll be a tiny sacrifice in comparison to what you do get. There’s nothing worse than copping the most inconvenient class time just because you didn’t put your preferences in when you were supposed to. Don’t be one of those people.

Take the time to make sure you’ve caught up with everyone you wanted to catch up with and do what you need to do. The next couple of months are likely to be flat out studying and work, so you’re probably not going to get as many opportunities to catch up with people who are on the same break as you. This is especially because not every university has the same semester structure. Do what you have to do and then when the time comes, focus on your studying without the distractions.

One of the major things I’m going to be working on is getting back into a proper sleeping schedule. I admit- sleep has always been one of my biggest downfalls but this year, I’ve decided I’ve had enough not sleeping enough and the effects it has on my body. It’s important to get those 8 hours of sleep- hours that include those prior to midnight. According to a number of studies (so I’ve been told but I can say I can vouch for it through personal experience), the hours before midnight are far more beneficial than the hours after. So if you’ve slept from 12-9am, chances are you’ll still be just as exhausted. Additionally, sleeping from 12am to 9am isn’t exactly useful when you have to leave the house at 10am. Anyway, get back into a good sleeping schedule. Thank me later.

What do you want to achieve this year? What are your academic goals? Do you want to meet more people? Join more clubs? Take up a sport? Now’s the time to plan out what you roughly want to do and what you want to achieve. Write yourself a list or keep up a diary of some sort. Make yourself some kind of reminder that will keep you on track. That being said, make sure you give yourself enough room for flexibility and don’t go too hard too soon. Life’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t burn yourself out too quickly and go at your own pace. Do you what you think is right for you and not everyone else.


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