Summer is coming to an end and it’s time to get back to the grind. Starting another semester of work and play can be both stressful and exciting. Read on for tips to develop a plan that will make the process as easy as can be!

Get into a Routine


Start your semester off right by adopting a healthy routine. Practice going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day. This type of sleep training will help you get a better night’s sleep, and have more energy during the day. Make breakfast part of your routine as well. Eating a good breakfast is also a great way to make sure you are physically prepared for the day ahead of you. Homework, studying, and physical activity are other important things to add to your routine.

Buy Your Books

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Let’s be honest, buying books is no one’s favorite “back to school” activity. Textbooks can be expensive, and lines to get books can be long. If you still need to buy books consider looking online. If you still need to figure out what books you need for the semester visit the Bookstore website. There are also many places online to buy books such as Chegg and DealOz.

Get Involved


West Chester University is home to 260+ clubs and organizations, so there is always something to do here! Be sure to visit the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 3rd, in the Academic Quad. This is a great way to meet new people and leave your contact information with groups that interest you so they can send you important information, such as meeting times and locations, as well as upcoming events.

Use a Calendar


What good does it do to create a routine and get involved in different organizations if you forget what time you need to be where? Using a calendar may save you from forgetting important tasks, like studying for that big exam. Using your Outlook calendar on your WCU email or your phone calendar are two easy and free options. There’s a reason your “smart” phone is called this- let it do its job, so you can do yours!


Written by DeVonna Smith, Peer Educator