Summer is officially over, and school is back in session. For some, this means back to being awakened by a screeching alarm clock to help you wake up in time for class, hitting the gym to stay fit, or preparing to head to practice if you are an athlete.
If you are a professor, it means teaching a class filled with students; for those who are employed, finding ways to make room in your schedule; for those involved in the community, going to weekly meetings; and for most students, staying up late to finish a paper that you waited until the last minute to do.
Freshman Joe Deramus did not really have a hard time transitioning from leaving home to living on a campus.
“I lived on a campus in high school,” said Deramus.
He spent his high school years at a military boarding school, which helped prepare him for the college living environment. Despite having previous experience living on a campus, Deramus was excited to live at school and could not wait to see what the college life would really be like.
Deramus was not the only one whose previous experience helped make the transition easier. Junior Cheryl Fields already knew exactly what it was going to take in order to help her cope with the transition.
“Staying organized, finding time and using it wisely,” were just a few things that helped Fields make the adjustment. She has used those skills in the past to help her succeed, so she knows they will definitely come in handy once again this year.
Even though Fields did not really miss studying, she missed seeing the same people every day, and could not wait to get back to school to see them.
“I’ve made the transition 75%, but I should be back to being 100% focused by next week,” said Fields.
Making the transition from summer to going back to school takes not only mental preparation, but physical preparation as well especially if you are an athlete. Sophomore lacrosse player Madison Carroll has been preparing over the summer to help make her transition a bit easier.
“Over the summer we had a workout packet, which included timed miles, lifting and sprint workouts,” said Carroll.
Carroll’s team has not officially started practice yet, but she knows there will definitely be a transition in going back to practice and fitting it into her schedule. In order to succeed as an athlete, you also need to be mentally prepared, which is something that Carroll feels confident about.
“I also feel a lot more mentally prepared this year, compared to my freshman year,” said Carroll. “I learned how to balance both college and a sport, so this year should be better.”
Whether it takes weeks of school or a couple of homework assignments to feel confident, or you are already prepared to start the semester, all that really matters is making a successful transition.