alison goes back to school

At the start of this new semester, I am going to share some advice that has served me well over a long and varied academic experience


  • Sleep is so important. Plan for sleep. Write it into your schedule if you have to, but get multiple hours of sleep each night. You will not regret it
  • All-nighters are a part of the college experience, but if you are pulling them regularly you may need to reevaluate your priorities. Do not try to pull two all-nighters in a row. I have done this and it sucks like nothing else


  • Try to have one actual meal every day
  • Eat vegetables and fruit. You will feel much healthier. If it’s deep fried it does not count as a vegetable. An occasional salad is a good idea

  • Stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day. Wash your water bottle regularly. If you prefer to buy bottled water, the bottle can be reused for up to a week, the recycle it

Never take a test on an empty stomach or a full bladder

  • I am 1000000% serious. Eat something, even if it’s just a granola bar or a piece of fruit, before you take a test. It will keep your energy up and your brain working and you won’t spend the whole time thinking how hungry you are
  • Go to the bathroom before you take a test. There is no worse feeling than rushing through a test because you need to pee

Go to class

  • You (or your parents) are paying for these classes. Take that investment seriously
  • Take notes. It doesn’t matter how you take notes, just take them. The only person who has to understand your notes is you
  • Take every opportunity for extra credit, even if you don’t think you’ll need it
  • Ask questions. Your professors want to help you learn, that’s why they’re there

Stop. Breathe

  • Take some time for yourself every day. Whether that means hanging out with your friends, going to a party, or curling up in bed with Netflix. You are your own best resource. Take care of yourself