The Ultimate Back to School Post for University Students

I’m going to start saying I’m sorry for ditching this blog for half a year, but as you may know if you’ve read any other previous post, I’m quite busy usually. I am willing to start a schedule with my posts seeing people usually like them a bit – maybe twice a month updates? We’ll see.

Moving on from that, I’d like to present to you a masterpost for your Back to School necessities. This goes in my own order, a.k.a. what I will be doing myself step by step. You can move them around, diss some and add others if you’d like, too.

1. Music playlists

really like my life to revolve around music. I love sad songs, I love happy songs, I love slow songs, I love dance songs, I love workout playlists and I absolutely adore music overall. It is that bad, apparently. And yes, I’m accenting a lot of words on this paragraph but my love for music is quite huge.

Everyone loves music, so why not gather a few of your favorites on Spotify and stack them into a (probably disorganized) playlist. I haven’t got all that many playlists, because I gather quite a number into one category. If you’d like to check it out, here’s a link to my profile: itsmiralles.

It doesn’t have to be neat and organized since I at least put playlists on shuffle and replay. Just make sure you feel okay with what you’ve added into it.

2. Gym time

Whether your body is slim or thick, everyone needs a moment to do some exercise. I myself don’t go to the gym during the year because I have no time at all to do much, hence why the summer is my time to go to the gym during an hour in the evening five days a week.

You don’t really have to go the gym if you don’t want to, whether you’re uncomfortable with it or you don’t fancy it. But I do want to stress on the importance of taking an hour of your day to walk or cycle or do whatever that keeps you active and happy with yourself. It raises your self-esteem and confidence, plus you can use your music playlists to motivate yourself even more!

3. Printables

Now, back to what you’re here for – school. Everyone needs a way of keeping track of their day, some use agendas, others use bullet journals and others use scrap pieces of paper. Another way of keeping yourself organized during the year and beforehand is a printable.

If you’ve got Tumblr and you follow some “studyblr”s you might have seen some printables going around. You can find some great printables on theorganisedstudentthearialligraphyproject or you can check out mine mariastudying, though there’s only two for now. The printables can make your academic and personal life much easier to keep track of. You can find calendars, productivity challenges, to-do lists; daily, weekly and semester planners,… There are many for you to choose from and you can use as many as you’d like!

4. Motivation

If you’re anything like me, after a week of hard work your motivation drops as if you’d just popped a balloon. How to fix this is quite a personal issue, but these tips may help you.

  • Have a few motivating quotes on your desks, notebooks and agenda/planner/bullet journal, or even write some of your own on your printables if you’ve got some space.
  • Use the Chrome extension Momentum for a lovely picture, quote and more features every day.
  • Use the mobile app Forest to force yourself to keep working hard. I think you can also get the extension for Chrome from the official website.
  • Have at least a full day to relax and pamper yourself each week. Alternatively, you can have a couple hours a day to spend as you please.
  • Join a club or any extracurriculars if you can! It will make your week diverse, but it can also be time-consuming.

5. Get your class schedule and course plan

I’m not really sure how this works in any other country or even in any other university, but in my university we use online resources for pretty much everything. There’s not many ‘books’ per say, but there’s a list of the books where the teachers have developed the presentations from. If you can, get as much material as you can, especially your class schedule and course plan, a.k.a. what the teachers will be evaluating and all the percentages from where your grade is going to come from.

6. Class organization

Using your preferred organization tool (agenda, planner, bullet journal, printables, online resources), organize your semester. You can follow these steps:

  • First off, do a general outline: use your class schedule, give yourself enough space to breathe between working hours. If you have class until 2 in the evening, don’t schedule your studying hours starting at 3 PM. Give yourself a couple of hours, and even more so if you have to drive or take public transportation home.
  • Wait until you have been in class for a couple of weeks to know your schedule much better.
  • Rectify so that you can be as productive as possible. If you can’t handle your schedule, shift it around until you’re comfortable with it. Do this as many times during the year as you need, since in the end, what matters is your mental and physical health.

Whether you follow these steps or not, do give yourself enough space to breathe during the day. It isn’t all about studying!

7. Supplies

I think I made a post about this last year, which I might as well link you to: First Year of College Tips and Lists. But, as a sophomore-to-be student, I’d like to update it a bit. For college, what I personally need and I think you might, too:

Class-wise:

  • Planner / agenda / bullet journal / printables
  • Notebooks or a binder with leaf paper (personally adore the Muji ones)
  • Laptop
  • A backpack with a laptop pocket and good support
  • Black or blue pens (again, personal favorite: Muji 0.38 gel pens)
  • Water bottle
  • A couple snacks and/or money

Extras that you may just have on your desk:

  • Girly kit
  • Diabetes kit (since, you know, kind of a necessity in my case)
  • Sticky notes and flags, mostly to remind myself of doing this or that by sticking them on my computer screen’s borders
  • A bunch of colourful pens and highlighters to make studying a bit easier (personal favorites: staedler and mildliner)
  • A couple of earphones and charger

8. Relax

I can’t stress this one enough. Relaxing, sleeping, watching a TV series, a movie, going outside, staying in reading or doing nothing at all… You need to do these things in order to stay sane during the school year. You can’t spend all of your time studying. You really do need to laugh with friends, to go outside and grab an ice cream or to stay in and talk to your family. You need life experiences that studying alone won’t give you.

Studying is great, but don’t make it your life.


I’d also like to point out a few last things:

  • If you need ideas for outfits, food recipes, hairstyles… What’s Pinterest for? Even for desk organization, make that website your best friend.
  • Join the “studyblr” community I mentioned before on Tumblr. I swear, just seeing others being productive will help you. Plus, there’s enormous support and resources for everyone.
  • Be realistic with your goals througout the year so you don’t loose motivation and waste time. If you have problems with this, half the workload you scheduled for the day. Sure, you won’t be on top of your work, but you will save yourself from flanking completely.
  • Do not let anyone tell you that you’re not worthy or talented enough for anything. You do you and follow your path. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this post and want more like this one! I really do love writing inspirational posts, because I get motivated myself. Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Have a lovely day and school year, x.

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