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Tips for Self-Reflecting and Preparing for the Fall Semester

Let’s be honest, this semester is going to be rough. The past few months have been a whirlwind of chaos and tension throughout the nation and even in our personal lives. As we begin another semester, it is so important to prioritize what is most important to you and continue to push through the challenges.

It is crucial to continue prioritizing yourself and your mental health as the semester passes. Not only are we facing a pandemic, but many of us are continuing to fight daily against racial injustice and systemic racism. Each day is not easy, it has been hard these past few months and it is completely okay to admit it. Here are a few ways I have begun to prepare for my semester as well as reflect on life since quarantine:

1. Create a daily schedule for yourself

Wake up every morning ready to take on your next challenge. It is so important to regulate your sleep schedule and avoid going to bed at 4 a.m. every morning. I try to have a similar pattern in the morning and after class, I do work, workout and read a small amount if I can!

2. Eat breakfast

I am so so terrible at this! I am known to wake up, drink iced coffee and avoid eating until the afternoon. It is so important to eat something, especially if you are heading to an entire day of school or work (virtually or not).

3. Set weekly goals for yourself

I always try to set about 3 goals to accomplish each week, whether it is for school or myself. My goals can range from practicing yoga 3-5 times a week to only spending money on the essential items I need.

4. Prioritize yourself

Whether this is laying in your bed for a night binging movies and eating snacks, or a self-care night with your roommates. Do what makes you happy! It is so important to make sure that you are where you need to be before you can help others. I am a people pleaser, so I always avoid my issues to help others, and I notice that. It can be detrimental to your mental health and your well-being if it becomes overbearing, so prioritize yourself!

5. Enjoy the little things

Whether this is your freshman year or senior year, enjoy the small things. I know it is so upsetting to miss your last Homecoming game and more, but we have to appreciate the things we have. It is so easy to sit and be upset about everything we are missing, but we need to be appreciative of what we currently have.

6. Take it one day at a time

No matter what, we do not know what tomorrow will bring. We are constantly being surprised by something new, so it is incredibly important to take it one day at a time. We will get through this semester together and come out of it better people and future PR professionals.

This blog post was written by Mackenzi Hockensmith, Temple PRSSA Chapter President

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