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Getting in the Back-to-School Groove

As the summer sun begins to set and the cooler breeze of autumn starts to roll in, it’s time for students to shift gears and embrace the back-to-school season. Whether you’re a returning Envie student or a newcomer to the Envie community, transitioning from the carefree days of summer to the structured routine of academia can be both exciting and challenging. Here are some valuable tips to help you get back in the back-to-school groove.

Organize Your Space

A clutter-free living environment can significantly impact your mindset and productivity. Whether you are studying at uOttawa, Carleton University or Algonquin College in Ottawa, take some time to declutter your Envie off-campus apartment before the academic year kicks off. Create designated spaces for your study materials, textbooks, and school supplies. Invest in storage solutions like shelves, bins, and file organizers to keep everything in order. An organized space can lead to an organized mind, making it easier to concentrate on your studies.

Plan Your Schedule

Transitioning from summer’s schedule to the structured timetable of classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities can be challenging. Use digital tools like calendar apps such as Trello, ClickUp or TimeTree to plan your weekly schedule. Color-code your activities to differentiate between classes, study time, social events, and personal relaxation. Stick to your schedule as closely as possible to maintain a sense of order and balance.

Stock Up on Supplies

Before the semester begins, make sure you have all the necessary school supplies. This includes notebooks, pens, highlighters, folders, and any specialized materials required for your courses. Having everything on hand will prevent last-minute rushes to the store and ensure you’re fully prepared for your classes.

Stay Connected

One of the advantages of living at Envie’s student housing in Ottawa is the sense of community among residents. Establishing connections with fellow students can enhance your overall college experience. Attend resident events, join study groups, or simply strike up conversations with your neighbours. These interactions can provide a support system that helps you navigate the challenges of the academic year. Our Envie communities host Frosh week events and offer diverse activities, providing an ideal way for new and current residents to mingle, share experiences, and create lasting bonds. From interactive workshops to casual gatherings, our Frosh week provides a chance to relax, connect, and celebrate the vibrant spirit of our community.

Prioritize Self-Care

While academic success is important, so is taking care of yourself. Allocate time for physical activity, relaxation, and hobbies you enjoy. Use the amenities provided at Envie Suites, such as fitness centres, lounges, or outdoor spaces. Engaging in activities that bring you joy can alleviate stress and contribute to your overall well-being. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water and eat your greens!

Reflect and Reassess

Periodically, take a step back to reflect on your progress and reassess your strategies. Are there any adjustments you can make to improve your study routine? Are you achieving a healthy work-life balance? Regular self-reflection will allow you to fine-tune your approach

As the back-to-school season approaches, remember that getting back into the groove takes time. By following these tips and staying open to new experiences, you can set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling academic year while living at our Ottawa student apartments!

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