Before we head into another semester, it is always a good idea to get yourself prepared. While it still may seem relatively early, getting into a good mindset and having a set schedule in place long before classes start is crucial to success and staying on track throughout the semester. On average, it takes more than two months to create a habit, which means we are a little behind on this but it doesn’t mean you can’t set yourself up for the future. The first step is to set a sleeping schedule. This may be harder to maintain during the summer if you have an active social life or weird work schedule, but making sure you have a set bedtime and wake up around the same time every day will put you on track to being alive, awake, and alert in all your classes. It’s best to work this around when you will need to be awake during the school year. If your first class is at nine, make sure you are up around eight. Give your body time to adjust to its new schedule. Find some way to get in exercise that you know you can maintain when you have a lot on your plate. If you are someone who can schedule in an hour at the gym every day, more power to you. If you are like most of us, find a way to fit in a ten minute jog, thirty minute walk, or maybe some yoga in the morning. Find a set time that will fit into your schedule during the school year, such as right when you wake up, and do this as many days as you can. Bring a water bottle with you everywhere. Being hydrated plays a large role in your life and is incredibly important for your performance, so getting in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you everywhere is important. Don’t neglect the water. Set aside a time during the day where you read, draw, or write. This can later transition into the time that you study or can remain this during the school year. By doing this, you will adjust to being off your phone and away from technology for extended periods of time, be using your brain, and keep you focused on projects. These hobbies can be great stress relief during the school year if you are able to maintain them. Start planning your days out. It may seem that the summer is not the time to be worried about a lot of responsibilities, but getting used to using a planner or putting everything in a calendar will help you in the long term. This way you can discover other ways to use it, what you need to make note of, what you don’t need to make note of, and how well you can manage your time. These skills will be critical throughout the school year so hone them while you can. School will be here sooner than you think, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to prepare. Enjoy the sunshine, have some fun, and remember to take care of yourself so going back isn’t as hard as you think it will be.