Preparing for a New Semester in College

Seeing the back-to-school sections all over stores makes it hard for me to believe that I’m not actually going back to school in the fall. I feel so old! Is it possible that graduating in three years has made me feel older than just 21? I think it has. 21 going on 31 (it doesn’t have quite the same ring as 13 going on 30, but it’s how I feel).

Lucky for me, I’m still gearing up for the back-to-school season here on the blog. And just like always, I’m getting ready ahead of the game! Keep reading and you’ll find out that getting ready early is better (and for some tips, necessary). Start now and prepare for a successful school year:

Check Your Closet

I’m a huge advocate for not buying new school supplies every year. I know, it’s fun. Realistically, though, you probably have leftover supplies from last year tucked away in your closet or even still at the bottom of your backpack. Would you rather have a new pack of pens or use old pens and have a Starbucks coffee/Subway sandwich/new pair of socks/drugstore lipstick? The choice is yours!

Adjust Your Schedule

Sleep is important for so many reasons. Getting enough sleep will improve your concentration, motivation, alertness and overall health. Chances are you will do better in school if you are taking care of your body. So just because school means waking up earlier, it doesn’t mean you have to lose hours of sleep. A week or two before school starts, start slowly adjusting your schedule to fit your academic lifestyle. If you have an 8 am, wake up what time you would at school to get ready and walk to class in enough time. If you’re not a morning person, do this for your 10 am too! Everyone is different. Know your body and adjust to its needs so you can start your first day of class feeling fresh and alert.

Take Care of Your Skin

Preparing for a New Semester in College

Each year you are bound to meet new people and make first impressions- regardless of whether you are starting at a new school or returning to the same one. When you’re meeting your classmates for the first time, you want to feel confident and comfortable.

I personally feel the most confident when I have glowing, clear skin. I don’t have to worry about whether people are looking into my eyes or staring at the mountain forming on my forehead.

Most dermatologists will tell you it takes four to eight weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin. That’s why it’s best to start preparing now! This year I have taken the Oxy 28 Day Challenge to get clear skin.

To help you stay on track with your goal to clear skin, Oxy created an app that will change the way you take care of your skin. After downloading the app, you enter in your age and current level of acne. You then receive a personalized acne fighting regimen consisting of three products. For example, I use the Daily Defense Skin Clearing Cleansing PadsMaximum Action Rapid Treatment Sensitive Skin Face Wash and Maximum Action Rapid Spot Treatment.

Over the course of 28 days, the app will send you daily tips and alerts to remind you to use your products and help you fight your acne. If you want to learn more about the Oxy 28 Day Challenge, you can find Oxy on TwitterFacebookInstagram or check out their website.

 Plan Ahead

Preparing for a New Semester in College

I just want to start off by saying this is definitely my favorite part of going back to school. I love planners. To start your year off right, invest in a planner. Then, print off all of the syllabuses that are available for you to access online. Put every due date and important date in your planner to remember. For the rest of the year, you won’t have to worry about whether you are missing something. You also won’t have to juggle multiple packets of paper!

Order Your Textbooks ASAP

Trust me, I know there is serious temptation to wait until the first day of class to order your books. I myself have had professors that decide on the first day you no longer need the textbook that had been “required” on the syllabus.

Ordering your textbooks well before classes begin, however, has far more pros than cons. You won’t get behind on the readings. You won’t have to scramble to find fast shipping or worry about your books selling out at the bookstore. You’ll also look great when your professor asks who has their textbooks and you’re the only one to raise your hand.

Find Your Classes

Maybe you transferred, maybe you’re a freshman or maybe you just haven’t had class in that building before- either way, I find it very beneficial to go on a walk through campus to scope out your classes beforehand. If possible, even go inside to find your room number! University of Illinois had some crazy building layouts; you could spend a solid 30 minutes looking for a room only to find out you’d been walking in circles.

There are so many ways to prepare for a new school year. It all just depends on how prepared you want to be! Whatever you do, don’t forget to enjoy the last month/few weeks you have left of your summer.

Need more back-to-school tips, tricks and advice? Be sure to check back in! Before the end of August, I will be posting my back-to-school essentials, DIY college care package ideas and much more! If you are moving into an apartment this year, be sure to check out one of my latest posts Moving Into Your First Apartment that has great tips even if it isn’t your first apartment.

What is your favorite way to prepare for going back to school? How early do you buy all of your school supplies and back-to-school clothes? Let me know in the comments below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Oxy . The opinions and text are all mine.