Whether you enjoyed long days at the beach, BBQ evenings or Barbenheimer nights with your friends, this summer will surely be one for the books. As we bid farewell to arguably the best season, getting into the fall spirit is important. The weather is about to become cooler, and most importantly, we are back on campus for another exciting year.

Here’s how to get back into the school spirit and make the most of your new semester:

Start your preparation

Organizing school supplies for going back on campus

Organizing your life is one of the most crucial things you can do to set yourself up for success in the upcoming academic year. This includes planning your classes, extracurricular activities, as well as establishing a system to monitor your assignments and due dates. Google Calendar is a helpful and beginner-friendly tool to keep you on top of your schedule.

Looking for something more personal? Pick up your very own IGNITE agenda from the IGNITE offices located at Lakeshore and North campuses or use the digital version!

School supplies

School supplies for back to campus season

Before heading back to class, it’s a good idea to review your supplies and see what needs to be refreshed or replaced. Consider restocking on essentials like pencils, pens, and notebooks, and don’t forget the possibility of treating yourself to a stylish backpack. Keep an eye out for back-to-school sales to make the most of your budget, and consider maximizing your savings by signing up for an SPC card.

Set goals

A robot reading through a book rapidly, a gif for back to campus

It’s crucial to spend some time to set goals as you start the new academic year. Think about what you want to achieve in school this year, like getting better grades or learning something new. You might also be interested in joining a sports team you enjoy. Why not try for both? Make a step-by-step plan to reach your goals and start working on them. You’ve got this!

Set good habits

Vegetable box

A new year is an excellent opportunity to build healthy habits. This could include creating a regular workout program, making healthy meal and snack plans, or even establishing a consistent sleep schedule. Work on a routine before the start of the school year so you don’t have to struggle when school begins.

Check out Headspace, an app that helps you maintain a healthy study-life balance. The best part? as a Humber College or University of Guelph-Humber student, you can register for free!

See what your friends are up to

Girls hugging each other

Right now is a great time to catch up with your friends and classmates if you haven’t seen them over the summer. As you head back to school, this can help you feel more comfortable and involved in the school community. Sometimes, just seeing a friendly face can really help you feel more at home.

Attend orientation

Students return back to campus

Many institutions host open houses or orientation sessions before the start of the academic year. These events can be a wonderful opportunity to get to know your professors, take a tour of the campus, and learn more about what to expect.

This year, IGNITE is hosting Speed Friending once again. This event allows you to meet new people in a safe and fun space. Attend the event and who knows, you might just find your new best friend on campus.

Take part in extracurricular activities

Humber hawk excited to have you back on campus

Participating in extracurricular activities can be a terrific way to make new friends, learn something new and have a good time. Spend some time thinking about the kind of things you’d be interested in, such as joining a club, playing on a sports team, or engaging in community service.

IGNITE clubs are a great way to meet people who share your interests. Joining a club helps you network, learn teamwork, and develop your soft skills. Can’t find a club that interests you? Start one today!

Take care of yourself

Cat being pampered

It’s also important to take care of yourself as you prepare to go back to school. Make sure to get enough sleep, maintain a healthy diet, and take breaks as needed. Although it’s normal to feel some stress or anxiety at this time, keep in mind that with a little forethought, you can manage the transition much more easily.

Feel free to drop by the IGNITE offices on campus or reach out to us online for any inquiries or concerns. Our dedicated team is available to assist you and provide the support you need!

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