Advice for Freshman Going to School During the Pandemic

Preparing for your freshman year is typically a time characterized by excitement. Whether it be figuring out how you will be decorating your dorm room or talking to your future roommate, there’s a lot to look forward to; that is, until you remember you’re going off to college while COVID-19 is still rampant across the United States. 

Acting responsibly to protect yourself and those around you doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your experience: here are some tips to help you stay sane and make the most of your time. 

Whether or not your college is returning to campus, take some time to invest in the decor of your living space. This could be your dorm room, your bedroom, or anywhere you plan on taking classes from. 

Making your space unique to you will allow for a productive semester where you feel prepared to take on your classes, even if they may be over Zoom from your twin XL dorm bed. 

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Prioritize comfort: you’re going to be spending a lot of time here, so might as well make it as welcoming as possible. Personalizing your environment will help you feel more at home in a new environment but also allow you to stay sane when taking classes and attending club meetings in your living space. Creating a separation between your relaxing and academic space can help you feel settled in your home away from home during the chaos that is your first semester at college. Posterfi has a huge variety of super trendy poster options that will definitely add some spice to your room on a budget. Posters are a super easy way to decorate your walls while expressing yourself, your interests, and your personality. Check them out at here!

  • Dormify is a dorm and apartment site that acts as a one stop shop for college essentials. From throw pillows, duvet covers, and wall decor to furniture and storage units, they have it all and make it easy to stock up on anything you could need to make your room your own. Check them out at here!

Along with making your space your own, looking into a few new clothing pieces that will make you excited to get up and get work done is so beneficial. There’s nothing better than getting something new, or repurposing something old, to throw on for the day. For some, this may mean dressing for success, and for others, this could be as simple as DIY-ing a tie-dye sweatsuit. Either way, you’ll be more motivated to take on your day if you have something fun worth putting on! 

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Remember to keep yourself on a schedule. Online classes become tedious and boring quickly, making it important to try and mimic a classroom environment to hold yourself accountable. While online classes typically leave you with a more flexible schedule, this flexibility can be dangerous, allowing students to forget the importance of staying present and involved in their academics. Keeping a calendar of assignments and scheduling time dedicated to school work ahead of time allows for students to stay on top of their academics while trying to retain a sense of normalcy that COVID-19 has erased from the typical education. Start by blocking out a little time every week dedicated to going to the library. This will help you manage your time and begin a new routine from the moment you step on campus. 

  • You can check out some simple planners at Staples, or for a more colorful look, check out some Day Designer planners.

Make sure you pack an extra set of just about anything you deem important. For me, that meant bringing double the amount of most of my toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, and even laundry detergent. There’s nothing worse than having to adjust your day around a trip to CVS or the book store just to get something as simple as tissues. In addition, make sure to bring an extra set of bedding, including a duvet cover! This saved me on days where I just couldn’t be bothered to wait to remake my bed until after I did my laundry. The smallest conveniences such as these make all the difference for me, and I’m sure they will for you as well! 

These are just some of the many things you can do to prepare yourself for success during the 2020-2021 school year. Everyone handles change differently; remember to prioritize your well being during this time of uncertainty. Adjustment takes time, and let yourself fall into your routine naturally while letting these simple tips help you along the way.

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