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Super Cool News: How to get through the new semester blues

Jesus Barrera

Students walk by the Gould Simpson building, November 2015. Students will make their way back to campus as the new semester starts this week.

Note: Super Cool News is a Daily Wildcat feature that shares the coolest news happening around town and around the country. Try not to take what its writers have to say too literally.

Thousands of University of Arizona students woke up Monday morning to the completely sudden and absolutely horrifying realization that summer vacation is, in fact, already over.

If you find yourself suffering from the new semester blues this week, check out these tips on how to successfully work through them.

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One of the best cures for the misery that comes with a new school year is to make a new friend. You can bond with this person over the fact that they too must tackle the travesty of a new school year, so you have something in common already. Pick a good scouting location on campus —  perhaps the Student Union Memorial Center or the Student Recreation Center — and sit and patiently watch until you find a suitable candidate you could see holding the title of “my friend.” Then, waste no time whatsoever.

Immediately run up to that person as fast as you can and give them the largest bear hug that you possibly can, yelling “FRIEND!” the entire time. They will be so surprised that they will have no choice but to become your friend and help you get through the semester. Only together can you make it through to the other side.

You can also slowly ease your way back into the semester, rather than jumping in all at once. Sure, classes technically started Monday, Aug. 21, but does that really mean that from that day forward, we have to attend each and every one of our classes, five days a week? I certainly do not think so. Instead, just ease your way back in. This week, maybe go to class for just one day, then next week go for two days, then three, and so on until you finally feel comfortable enough to attend all your classes Monday through Friday.

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This gives you a great way to extend summer a little bit while also taking baby steps into the new semester, instead of jumping in face first like many uninformed students do. Sure, you might miss a whole lot of material and maybe even get administratively dropped from a class or two, but you will also find yourself happier, more relaxed and less overwhelmed, so you tell me what seems like the better option.

If those options still do not appeal to you, treat yourself to something nice, preferably using mom and dad’s cash. The best way to do this is to use the little miracle called “bursar account.” Sure, bursar is technically supposed to be used for textbooks and other necessary school supplies, but who can honestly say that binders and notebooks are less necessary than a new television, a fresh pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses or a new laptop? The limit for bursar during the fall semester is $1,000, so if you tap out at anything less than $995, you’re just not doing it right.

Any of these methods will surely help students to tackle the school year head-on. You just need to pick the ones that work best for you. The feeling of knowing that summer has ended is a tragedy not easily dealt with, but if we all band together and try to make it through, then maybe, just maybe, we will be okay.

Welcome back Wildcats, and good luck tackling the new semester blues.

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