5 Things I’m Doing To Prepare For Junior Year

I haven’t quite been able to grasp that I am already halfway through college.

It feels like I only just started yesterday, yet that I’ve grown more than I have in my entire life.

If you don’t already know, I am transferring to a new school next year to finish out my degree. I was very frustrated and unhappy at my previous school, so I decided that I would best fit somewhere else.

Going into Junior year is pretty tough. You are official in “go-time” trying to figure everything out and make sure that you have everything you need to graduate.

Unfortunately, this process is going to be a bit more stressful for me and those who decide to transfer school halfway through. Let alone the stress that life is already throwing at us.

This summer is major for me. There are a lot of things that I need to have in order and prepared before starting my Junior year.

Here are the five steps I’m taking to prepare for Junior year.

Mental Health

Lately, I have been massively struggling when it comes to my mental health.

It feels like the world is on my shoulders and that I can’t go a day without feeling sad. I barely want to get out of bed let alone accomplish anything important.

This summer I am focusing mainly on my own mental health and finding ways to overcome my own personal demons.

The last thing I want to do is start a new year at a new school not %100 my best.

Firstly, I upped my depression medication.

It makes me feel weird and sad to say that, but I am coming to terms with the fact that it truly is okay.

Sometimes life really takes a toll. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting the proper help that you need to function and be happy.

Secondly, I’m making more time to do things that make me truly happy.

I plan on going to several swing dance events throughout the summer. I truly miss it and know that it is something that makes me happy.

Reading is also something I dearly miss. I used to read book after book when I was in high school. College kind of put a damper on that, and it’s very important to me to take the time to just sit down and read.

Dogs. I am dog-sessed. Dogs are one of the most important parts of my life, and they make me undeniably happy.

I dog walk/sit through the Rover app. If you love dogs and are looking to make some extra cash, Rover is a great tool.

Hopefully, I can pick up plenty of jobs this summer through Rover.

Physical Health

Lately, I’ve been going to the gym quite a bit.

I’ve been significantly underweight for a while. Stress, depression, and anxiety all being major factors in my physical health.

The gym is something that I’ve never been too fond of, but have been making an effort to go. It’s really important for me to get myself to a healthy weight.

I’ve never been particularly strong, so it is pretty important to me to gain and tone my muscle.

This summer I am working on meal planning and having a regular gym schedule. My goal would be to go to the gym at least four times a week and to gain ten pounds by the end of summer.

It may not seem like a lot, but gaining weight is a lot harder than most thinks.

The Great Outdoors

Spending too much time inside has definitely taken a toll on me. Mostly depression, work, and this horrible Wisconsin weather have been the biggest factors keeping me inside.

I absolutely adore being outside in the fresh air. Taking my pup on walks, going to the park, taking nature walks, you name it.

My plan is to spend as much of my time outside as I can. Whether that be taking my workouts outside, reading outside, or just being outside.

Recently my parents got me a year family pass to the the Schlitz Audobon Nature Center near Milwaukee Wisconsin. It has been one of my favorite places for years now. They have beautiful trails, they are right on Lake Michigan, and I’ve volunteered with their birds of prey many times.

I also definitely plan to visit the zoo as much as I can. Ever since I was little, I have loved going to the zoo. My boyfriend and I plan on visiting several different zoos throughout the summer.

Downsizing

Every year, I overpack, and not just by a little.

I bring so much stuff, I can barely fit it all into my dorm room.

Nevermind the fact that I barely use half of the stuff that I bring throughout the year.

Over the summer I plan on downsizing quite a bit and donating what I don’t need/use.

I want to worry less about what people think of me. I was always so concerned with trying to be cool that I kept and bought things that I didn’t like for the sake of others.

Blogging and Blankies

As some of you know, I run my own small business.

It is currently very new, but coming along nicely.

I sew blankets for dogs, and for every blanket that I sell, I donate another to a shelter dog in need.

Being a full-time student is no easy feat, let alone trying to blog and run my business. As much as I love blogging and sewing, my education comes first.

I plan on getting as far ahead with my blog and business over the summer as possible.

The posts I have prewritten, and the more blankets that I have premade, the more I can focus on school while still keeping up with my hobbies.

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Most importantly I want to just be myself. Every year I find that I change the way I am in order to try and seem cooler or to make more friends. I find that this only makes me unhappy. I’m too old to be changing myself to fit what others want me to be. I’m also way to busy to be worrying about what others think.

~Steph

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