It is kind of crazy how fast and how slow the first week of the fall semester feels. Between getting used to waking up early, the class schedule, and all the other things we have to do to get ready for each class, it feels like I am running through the week.On the other hand, the moment that I get time to check where I am in the week, I realize that somehow it is only Wednesday. In only these three days, I have already moved out, moved in, bought furniture, gone grocery shopping, bought my books, went to the part-time job fair, met with the organizations I am part of, gotten my access codes, and on top of it all, already started doing the homework I’ve been assigned on the first couple of days. Being back still feels so right, though. The rush makes things feel so exciting, and seeing those people you haven’t seen in months is always nice.
One of the most important things, in my opinion, about this first week is how you decide to manage your time; no matter if it is the time in between your classes or your free time before and after class. Finding those breaks when you can eat, sleep, do homework, or meet with your friends will help you get into your routine and make the semester flow so much better. Even though this first week is not at all like the rest of the semester, it will definitely help you make an estimate of how it will actually be for most of the weeks and that way, next week, when the classes start giving heavier content and heavier homework, you will definitely be more prepared to take it on. This first week is also a good time to consider whether the classes you picked are the right match for you. Is there enough time for you to do well in all these subjects? Will this actually help you in your college path? Are you prepared enough for this material? And even though most of the time the answer will be yes, sometimes, if you are not sure or feel like maybe it is too much to take, the answer might be no. If so you should definitely rethink it fast to see if maybe you should change your schedule or switch your courses a little bit before the drop deadline.
Don’t let the stress of this week get too much to you because it will pass (mostly). There’s so many exciting things about this new year and the ups will definitely defeat the downs. No matter what, after all this time, being back on campus feels so familiar; and even though some of those memories are more stressful than I would like them to be, there are still so many good memories from the past year here at KU. And even if this is your first year, I assure you these memories will come and next year you will be feeling mostly the same way.