Wake up and smell the stress

I’m sure that everyone is excited to be back at Trinity for a new semester! Well, as excited as one could be. I’m sure the excitement will wear off once the semester really gets underway and we all have about 10 papers to write and no motivation to do so, but for right now it’s great to be back on campus with our friends and delicious Mabee cafeteria food.

If you’re like me and return home for the summer months, I think we can agree that not having to deal with our families is one of the best things about going back to school. But returning to Trinity also presents a more daunting challenge for many of us: transitioning from our less rigorous summer schedules to a more rigorous academic schedule.

For me, that means waking up at 7:30 a.m. every day and relearning how to properly hate myself for my life decisions. For those of you who scheduled all your classes after 10:30 a.m., well, I don’t even want to acknowledge you, truth be told.

While many of us have summer jobs or take summer classes, there’s usually not quite as much stress or commitment involved as there is during the school year. Besides, when you’re working, at least you’re getting paid for your time and stress. At school, you’re paying for that.

Anyway, no matter what I do during the summer, be it working or trying to find work, I’m still inevitably going to mess up my sleep schedule, something I am sure is the case for many of us. Going to bed at 3:40 a.m. isn’t really recommended for any situation, but it’s even less favorable if you have a class at 8:30 a.m.

A big part of transitioning from a more carefree summer environment to the more fast-paced climate of school involves trying to get a decent amount of sleep, which means going to bed earlier, which means you’re going to have that awkward transition period when you’re trying to go from getting up at 9 a.m. to getting up at 7 a.m., which means having to go to sleep earlier, too.

Now, if you’re looking for tips on how to get your sleep schedule back on track, then this is probably the wrong thing to read, I’m admittidly not very good at that.I’m not good at reading textbooks or doing homework either, but here I am, back at school for another tortuous (and hopefully also enjoyable) semester. Welcome back, everyone.