Before I start this blog post, I would like to ask for a moment of silence for our dearly departed friend – the best friend I’ve ever had.
You were my rock, and I will always love you. I know we’ll be together again… one day (next year). But it’s time to live my life, Winter Break. I will not let your loss turn me into a Sylvia Plath novel.
I know, I know. A lot of you – me included – are still feeling the effect PBD (post-break depression, which is obviously 100% real and probably viral). As much as most of us try to avoid PBD, it happens. But that doesn’t mean you have to let it insidiously seep into every crevice of your semester. You can and will beat the second-hand semester blues.
With the power of teamwork and Gen Y dedication, let’s beat it together.
It’s 2015, and we’re going to make this semester even better than the last. Which is pretty difficult to do, because not to toot my own horn, but my marks were pretty rad last semester. “New year, new me?” More like: “new year, slightly more adequate me.”
Okay, it’s not that easy. This semester I have a bigger coarse load, and the classes I’m in look more intimidating than any class I’ve been in before. In light of that, I’ve been trying different approaches to neatly ease into this semester.
First, I’ve decided to eliminate my laptop. By that, I don’t mean destroying it, but limiting its use to when I actually need it – when I need to write 6000 word paper. It’s actually been proven that laptop use during lectures lower your grades. I’m used to taking notes during my lectures while simultaneously deciding whether or not I should change my Facebook profile picture. No more. This semester, I will be writing notes like the cavemen once did. With a pen and a notebook.
Second, I’m going to start going to the gym for the first time since high school (A.K.A. 30 years ago). I’ve come to realize that I’m pretty talented in procrastinating, so I might as well be using that time to be a healthier. I’ve never felt more zen than when I was working out (which is explained by science or whatever). It’s just the whole getting ready to go to the gym, and then showering and leaving the gym part that I didn’t like. Still, the pros far outweigh my lowly cons, and it actually does help your grades!
Lastly, I’m going to make a solid effort to be more casually social early on in the semester. Instead of binge-watching all 10 seasons of Friends on Netflix alone, I’ll do it with friends. That way, I won’t feel the pressure of going out three nights a week when it gets to crunch time.
I’m going to make everyday a wonderful kind of day.
So, those are some new things I’m going to do this semester. What about you UofT? Tell me below, or tweet me with the hashtag #TryItUofT
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