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Back To Campus Reset: 10 Things To Do For The Upcoming School Year

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

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As the summer days dwindle and the new school year beckons, giving yourself a well-deserved breather and preparing for the exciting journey ahead is essential. Before diving headfirst into textbooks and lecture halls, take a moment to unwind, recharge, and set yourself up for success. In this article, we'll explore ten indispensable steps to ensure you head back to campus on the right foot.

1. Reflect:

Picture this: the sun's warmth on your face, the gentle sway of a hammock, and a soft breeze whispering promises of new beginnings. As you bask in the tranquility of these fleeting summer moments, reflect on the highs and lows of the previous school year. Allow your mind to capture lessons learned, friendships forged, and personal growth attained. By immersing yourself in this reflective journey, you'll gather invaluable insights that will guide you toward an even more remarkable year to come.

To Do:

Take a moment to reflect on the previous school year. Consider what worked well and identify areas that need improvement. Reflecting on your experiences will help you gain insights, set new objectives, and build on your strengths.

2. Clean out:

But before you plunge into the whirlwind of lectures, assignments, and exams, declutter and streamline your surroundings. Bid farewell to the remnants of last year's chaos and create an environment of organization. Sort through your belongings, donate or discard the unnecessary, and create an organized foundation that nurtures productivity and clarity of thought.

To Do:

Clear out any physical and digital clutter. Sort through your belongings, donate or discard items you no longer need, and organize your study space. A clean and organized environment will foster productivity and help you stay focused throughout the year. You'll be prepared for a serene study nook that will allow inspiration to flow as you tackle each academic challenge.

3. Set Goals:

Now that you're set up for a space that breathes serenity and purpose let's set some intentions. Envision your goals and aspirations, both academic and personal. Picture the milestones you hope to achieve and the skills you want to master. With a clear vision of your destination, you'll chart a course for success, breaking down these ambitious dreams into manageable steps that propel you closer to your desired outcomes.

To Do:

Define clear and achievable goals for the upcoming school year. Having plans in mind will give you direction and motivation, whether academic, personal, or extracurricular. Break your goals down into smaller, manageable steps to stay on track.

4. Improve a Skill:

Beyond academia, there lies a world of possibilities to explore. Seek an avenue to nurture your passions, be it painting, coding, or playing an instrument. Dedicate time to cultivating and watching these talents grow, enriching your personal and holistic development.

To Do:

Identify an area where you want to enhance your abilities or acquire a new skill. It could be related to your field of study, a hobby, or personal development. Dedicate time to practice and improve, boosting your confidence and broadening your horizons.

5. Set a Theme:

As you pace yourself through the summer, embrace the power of a theme. Choose a word or phrase that portrays the essence of the next steps of your journey and resonates with your soul. Let this theme be your guiding light, igniting your motivation and providing a compass when facing challenges.

To Do:

Choose a theme or motto to guide your mindset and actions throughout the year. This could be a word or phrase that captures your aspirations or values. Embracing a theme will help you stay focused and consistently progress toward your objectives.

6. Do a Brain Dump:

Remember to empty your mind onto paper or screen during this bustling preparation. Allow your thoughts to spill forth in a liberating brain dump, clearing space for clarity and focus. Jot down all your ideas, commitments, and tasks, organizing them into a cohesive plan that clears overwhelm and focuses your energy effectively.

To Do:

Before going back to campus, empty your mind by writing down all the tasks, ideas, and commitments swirling in your head. Transfer them onto paper or a digital document. This exercise will help you declutter mentally and provide a clear starting point for planning and prioritizing.


Here's a quick example of one of the many methods for Brain Dumping.


7. Review Your Budget:

Amidst the excitement of preparing for a new academic year, take a moment to review your budget. Financial preparation is vital to your overall well-being and peace of mind. Understanding your financial landscape and making informed decisions will pave the way for a balanced and stress-free school year.

To Do:

Evaluate your expenses factor in tuition fees, textbooks, and living costs. Consider your financial situation and create a realistic budget for the upcoming year. Tracking your spending and making wise financial decisions will alleviate anxiety and enable you to make the most of your resources in a proactive way.

8. Establish a Self-Care Routine:

But let's not forget the importance of self-care amidst the whirlwind of academic demands. Establishing a self-care routine becomes paramount as you navigate the challenges of coursework, exams, and social commitments. Prioritizing self-care will enhance your academic performance and foster a sense of overall well-being and fulfillment.

To Do:

Carve out time for activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Prioritize self-care to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Develop a routine incorporating exercise, meditation, proper sleep, healthy eating habits, hydration, and more. Taking care of yourself will enhance your overall well-being, recharge your batteries, and increase academic success. The more you're taking care of yourself - the more your brain flourishes.

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9. Create a Time Management Strategy:

With the demands of a busy academic schedule, time management becomes your steadfast ally. Create a personalized strategy that aligns with your unique needs and preferences. By cultivating efficient time management skills, you'll find balance in your daily routine, ensuring you make the most of your valuable time.

To Do:

Develop a personalized time management system that suits your needs. Utilize tools like calendars, to-do lists, or productivity apps to prioritize tasks. Allocate dedicated time for studying, assignments, and extracurricular activities. Maybe you have to include a work schedule as well. You know what your schedule will be. Make your ideal schedule and gather your resources and tools to help you manage and protect your time. Efficient time management will help you juggle academic commitments and extracurricular activities successfully.

10. Set Healthy Boundaries:

Setting healthy boundaries is equally necessary as academic planning. Understand your limitations and learn to say no when necessary. Also, remember to allow yourself time to recharge and focus on personal growth. Establishing these boundaries safeguards your mental and emotional well-being, ensuring you remain energized and motivated throughout the school year.

To Do:

Establish boundaries for yourself, whether related to study time, social commitments, or personal space. Identify how you will prioritize activities in alignment with your goals and values.

These ten steps are a foundation for kicking off a successful school year. By embracing a holistic approach to preparation, you'll create a well-rounded lifestyle that supports your academic pursuits while nurturing your overall well-being.

So, as you sip your summer lemonades, remember that the new school year holds infinite promise. Embrace these ten essential steps, and embark on this journey of preparation. Here at Leveraged for Success, we wish you all of the best for the upcoming school year. 😊

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