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Confession: The Do’s & Don’ts of Returning to School

A lot of family, tons of food, probably a pound or two added, and I can officially say my winter break has come to a close. Just like millions in America and more across the world, I will be making my way back to an immense amount of papers, challenging exams, amazing professors, and functioning on less than thirty five hours of sleep a week.

While I love spending time with my family, boyfriend, and friends, I cannot say that I am not ready to return.

In which winter break is over, there are Do’s & Don’ts, and the author’s mother murdered her beta fish. 

Other than it just being a new year in general, it is also a new semester. Each time I return home for a time period longer than a week, I feel rejuvenated in a sense. I have this new drive to take on whatever challengers will come my way. Mind you, after the first swarm of exams hits, this rejuvenated feeling is overpowered by my newfound desire to hide from life and seek refuge in my bed with Netflix at arm’s length, but I completely resist that desire.

Okay, maybe completely is too strong of a word, but I never let the power of Netflix consume me.

Then again, Friends was never on Netflix. Be still, my heart—we have to make it through sixteen weeks first. There is Spring Break, though.


While you may not think three weeks is a lot (which compared to the three months of summer break it really is not, but honestly any break from papers, studying, and exams is much appreciated by this point), you may find that you have to take time to re-adapt to the world of college. Ladies, if you are like me, you have brought home every piece of clothing from school that you thought you would have worn, but did not this winter break. There are also new books to be ordered, a class schedule to study, and materials to be bought. While I am by no means an expert, here are some of my Do’s & Don’ts when heading back to school.

Do make a list of all that you have brought home before you leave. If you have not done so, start a list about three days before you intend to start packing. As you go, throughout those three days you may find that you randomly remember items you need.

Don’t wait until the day you intend to pack to make a list. Unless you work best under pressure or last minute, waiting can cause a lot of unnecessary stress before classes even begin. Who has time for that?

Do order your books at least ten days before classes begin. Winter break consists of two holidays (Christmas and New Years) and at least three Sundays which means the post office will not be delivering. I understand that books can be bought from your school, too, but I highly doubt they are working those days.

Don’t forget to look at your syllabi—if they are up at the time—before you order books. My university’s system looks at the classes each individual is taking and lines up their books needed for each class automatically. However, they line them up based on past semester’s necessities. Classes change; professors change; necessary materials will change. Always make sure to look at a syllabus before you order your books in case of changes that your university’s system does not pick up on.

Do try to do your grocery shopping or at least make a list before you return to your university’s town or city. No one has time or the patience to fight off a hoard of college students in order to get the last ramen cup, macaroni and cheese, or pack of soda in your university’s area. This is not The Hunger Games. 

Don’t wait until the last minute to grocery shopping. I mean, if you could not surmise that from the paragraph above and still wish to do so, then be my guest. I retract my earlier statement of this not being The Hunger Games. As you run for that last cup of ramen noodles or box of pasta, “may the odds be ever in your favor”.

Do spend as much time with your family and friends as possible. As I write this at nine in the morning the day before I am set to leave for school, I find myself on my way with my mother, father, brother, grandparents, aunt, and uncle to spend part of the day with other family members. Later on tonight, I am going for dinner with my boyfriend. Will I be tired beyond words tomorrow? Yes, and of this factor I am quite aware. I would not have it any other way. Tomorrow is never promised. Cherish all the moments you have.

Don’t push aside your family and friends to spend the day packing. It may seem like a good idea, but you probably will regret it. I know I would.

No one is the same; everyone is different. Like I said before, some people work better under pressure, so maybe leaving every thing until last minute is a good idea. These are just some of the Do’s and Don’ts I have noted since my Freshman year in college.

I wish the best for you all for this upcoming semester. I cannot wait to hear and share stories with every single one of you.

Study hard, but have fun.

Have fun, but study hard.

Live your life.

Oh…and do remember to bring whatever pet is allowed to your dorm or apartment with you. Don’t leave your fish with your mother who may kill it (even though it is not completely her fault), replace it, and not tell you until a year later because your father deemed it a good idea to confess.

But that is another confession for another day (and trust me I most definitely will be sharing that story in an upcoming post).

R.I.P. Elmo the beta fish. You were a good guy…or girl.

I’m just an average college girl with many stories; many words; many confessions. These are just some of the confessions of an average college girl to average college girls.

…And there are many more to come.

Take lots of pictures,




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2 thoughts on “Confession: The Do’s & Don’ts of Returning to School

  1. In defense of the mother, perhaps the beta died because he/she missed you. Perhaps your swift departure off to college left him/her being fed regularly while enjoying life in a bowl sans hideous algae and Los Angeles-like fog (or the appearance thereof…).


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