Class for me officially starts tomorrow, although my regular routine (including internship and regular chapter/sorority events) won't really kick into gear for a couple of weeks or so. Even though I'm not even a newbie at college, let alone school in general, the first week is always new and exciting and a wee bit anxiety inducing. It's great to be back on campus, seeing friends and settling back into my second home, and classes end up feeling like a natural progression of this routine. That being said, it's always nice to have a boost of confidence, especially during the first week of classes, though you can use these ideas each and every day to make your day and week more positive!
Get a good breakfast.
I know you all hear your moms in the back of your mind saying "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!" when I say that, but it's true. I personally hate eating right after I wake up, so I try to either get up an hour or so before class so I have time to do other things before I eat when I get up. For some people, sleep is too precious of a thing to give up for food, but maybe try to schedule to grab something to eat or a cup of coffee after your first class! This way you have something to look forward to after class! Also, being hangry is never fun for you or the people around you, so eating something is probably best so you keep your friends ;)
Okay, so I think this is a little bit of a Southern thing because you don't see it that often up here in the city, but try to say hello to at least one person on your walk to class! If I know someone, I'll say hi and wave (and if I have time, stop and chat about how they're doing), but even if I don't, saying hello to and smiling at the people you pass on your walk to class will brighten your day as well as theirs!
A pro tip: Compliment at least 5 people every day on something you like about their outfit! It'll give them a confidence boost and you'll feel nice and bright too!
I've said this one before, but it's a tried and true tip for me:
Pick out your outfit the night before!
Okay, I admit, I'm not getting up crazy early every day like some of my friends, but even so, it makes it so much easier to wake up in the morning and already have your outfit and accessories laid out for the day. It makes it easier to get dressed and get out of the door every day, but especially when you accidentally sleep in (hi I'm guilty of that at least once a week!)
Plan things you look forward to each day
This is a trick I learned from Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere, but if you have pretty mundane weekdays, try to emulate the weekend and bring little bits of things that you love into each day! Keep fresh flowers out in your room, or start your weeks off with a great cup of coffee and a yummy breakfast so your Mondays seem less... Mondayish.
Keep yourself organized.
It always makes me feel better to make sure I have everything in order when I start each week, but especially so the first week of classes. I like to print out all of my syllabi for all my classes and bring them and my laptop and planner to each and every class during my first week so I can write down everything I need to about dates, and what supplies I need before I buy them. I also like to slip a notebook into my bag before I go in case the professor doesn't allow laptops in class. Having everything I need to be prepared always makes me feel more confident!
Walk to class with someone you know!
This always ends up happening to me anyways since our school is small-ish and our campus is even smaller, but I like to walk to class with either someone in that class or someone I know. Last year, my roomies and I would head out of our apartment together when we had classes at similar times or in similar places so we could catch up on our walks to class.
Tell yourself when you've done a good job!
This goes back to my point about emulating the weekend during the week, but don't forget to pat yourself on the back when you accomplish something, no matter how big or small. Appreciate when you accomplish something and treat yourself when you deserve it. Get a big cup of tea at the end of a hard day, shut off your phone and delve into a book, or organize a big dinner with your friends to celebrate the end of your first week!
Listen to music!
I'm a huge music fan- I have a pretty broad taste (country to classics to top 40 to indie to rap), and having a playlist to listen to makes my steps feel lighter! I like to pop one earbud in and leave the other hanging out on my walk to class so I can listen to music and hear the sounds of the city and be able to talk to people while I walk! It makes your walk to class so much better!
What do you do to pick up your mood and boost your confidence? Tell me in the comment below!