New Year, New You

Welcome back Sprotties! It’s that time of the year again, transitioning from the summertime back into the school year. After a long break, it can be tough to get back into the routine, especially during these unprecedented times. With months of online school, adjusting to a hybrid learning environment may be challenging for many students and might take some time to get familiar with again. To help make it easier on us all, we have outlined a few tips to make this transition smoother and while overcoming the challenges of returning to school.


1. Understanding the Carleton COVID-19 Safety Plan

If you have both online and in person classes, be sure to recognize and understand the COVID-19 Safety measures Carleton will have in place. These measures include mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all in-person university activities, capacity limits in classrooms and participating in indoor mask use. This will help you set clear expectations. There is no doubt that there will be several changes and the routine will be different to how it was before the pandemic, but by being adaptable, we can better prepare for these new environments. We have all been affected by these fluctuations, some students will be learning remotely, and some students will be learning in a semi online-in person setting. Starting the school year with a positive mindset will help make adjusting to these changes easier.


2. Get Back into a Routine

Students thrive best when they get into a routine and it’s important to begin this routine early on in the school year to build healthy habits. A consistent routine will help give you a predictable day, as well as boost confidence and security in daily activities. With many classes remaining online in the Fall Semester, it’s easy to hit that ‘snooze’ button on your alarm and sleep through your lecture. However, it's highly recommended to maintain a consistent routine despite those online classes.


3. Create a Scheduling System

Workloads and deadlines can be very overwhelming, especially when you are tackling academics, extra-circulars and a potential job. The first step to remaining organized throughout the year is to find out how you schedule your priorities best. Whether that’s carrying an agenda with you from class to class or having a digital planner, it is highly important to find consistently in your preferred system. With that being said, don’t forget to schedule those self-care days, where you can focus on recharging and keeping your mental health in check.


4. Designate a Learning Space

It’s that time of the year again, making sure you clean off your desk and create a positive and constructive environment for learning. By dedicating a quiet space at home or finding a comfortable area at school, you can better stay focused and motivated to learn. Try to limit the number of external distractions around you, and find an organizational method that works best for you to boost productivity levels and benefit you long-term.


Returning back to school after a long summer break can be both challenging and exciting; however with these tips in place we hope to ease this transition for students. We hope this school year comes with new opportunities and more personal growth Sprotties. Good luck and we can't wait to see you on campus!


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