The beginning of the school year is always the same. You see first years with a weird mix of nervousness and excitement, and upperclassmen with little to no energy. You’ll walk into a classroom and see the split right away. The first years are sitting in the front row and have all the school supplies they could possibly need. Everyone else is scattered around, trying to find a pen and a piece of paper because they forgot both. What happens between first and second year that results in students losing their desire to be in school?
With the start of school right around the corner, how can students keep their energy and excitement levels up? Here are some tips:
1) Stay involved. Make sure that you attend some of your college’s events, club meetings or off campus outings. It’s been proven time and time again that involvement will help support a student’s need to excel. In terms of Dance Floor Theory, move yourself up a level. If you’re a 3, try getting yourself to a 4 or a 5. Encourage a friend to come onto the dance floor and have an x+1 moment.
2) Make your own fun. Sometimes the beginning of school is crazy, and it takes a few weeks to start really planning events. Come up with an easy blender event and get some community interaction going!
3) Remember your goals. Staying positive and reminding yourself why school is enjoyable and necessary will help you spring out of bed in the morning.
4) Change your routine up often. Walk a different way through campus. Eat lunch outside. Put up a “free conversation” sign and see who stops by. Routines become boring quickly, and although you can’t change your class schedule, you can change what you do on breaks.
And with that, I hope everyone has a fantastic beginning to their school year!