Tips for Getting Back on Track at School



It was a long four weeks after being out of school due to Hurricane Florence. At first I was thinking we might be out for a week but then once Florence got closer and closer I started to really take it more seriously. We see natural disasters happening on the news in various places but we never think they’d actually happen in our back yard. It has been a tough transition getting back into school mode, I would say for most of us, but with the help of this blog post I think it will ease the pain. I realize that we all have our own way of staying organized but these are just a few tips to take with you.


Start fresh


            That’s right. It’s time to clear your mind of what we thought was our Fall semester’s due dates. Until Flo happened.

If you haven’t already threw out your planner, it might be best to get your beer pong arm ready and SINK IT in the trash can. I know, especially us ladies have spent at least $10 on our planners for the year but it is not worth keeping at this point. It will only stress you out even more considering you will have to scribble out what’s irrelevant at this point. For the men that never carry planners, that is okay. I realize that if you open a planner in class you might get starred down by a few of your classmates. A solution to this would be to use the Reminders App that comes on your IPhone. That way you can still maintain your manly imagine while staying up to date. Be sure to check your revised calendar’s and get planning!


Set deadlines


Now that you have fresh pages be sure to write down any due dates at least a couple weeks in advance. By having everything noted early it will limit your stress and you can get work done early since you are aware of what you have to do. Have plans to go to a NC State football game but have 1,000 things you have to do before the weekend? No problem. Your planner is already 3 weeks up to date and that just shaved off hours of figuring out what you have to do before you can leave for the game on Friday!


Take some time for yourself


           Yes, you should put the books down if you have been studying for a couple hours and get some exercise. It can be something as simple as running. Even if you absolutely can’t stand running at least go for a walk to get the blood circulating. Or do some yoga. Anything that involves moving will pump up your endorphins. According to Mayo Clinic, “Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety”.


Utilize what UNCW has to offer


Don’t freak out it’s not too late!

UNCW offers a variety of learning tools that are there for us when we need them. The writing center is a great place on campus to get help with school work. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman or a senior it is included in your tuition so you might as well get as much use out of it while you are still a Seahawk.


Communication is key


            Lastly, as Communication Studies major’s we all know that communication is key when you are in college. As sad as it is to say, Wilmington went through a tragedy. Hurricane Florence was no joke and it is still taking some time for families to get back on their feet. If you are going through a hard time from Flo, email your professors. Set up a time to talk with them during their office hours and they will help you figure out a way for you to still get the education that you need.

-Katie Woodard