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Back to School Beginnings

Published August 15, 2022

Moments with Mimi: The new school year is the opportunity to reinvent yourself

By Mimi Calhoun | For The Post

The incoming school year always means a fresh start, whether you’ve been in college before or this is your first time. After a hopefully relaxing break, it’s time to put your best foot forward with your studies and in this progressive chapter of your life. The school year should be a fun and exciting thing to look forward to, but sometimes the looming pressures and weight of the previous academic year can hinder the enthusiasm.

Sometimes you may know how heavy your coursework is or how busy you’ll be with jobs and activities, but it’s important to remember that you have control over your thought process and perception of the future. Although it’s easier said than done, one’s mind and perception are truly powerful. Don’t let your anxiety and worries consume you. Instead, try to envision how the school year may go in your favor.

See if you can drop things that may not bring you joy or aren’t significant to your career goals. Get yourself organized with a calendar and assignment book beforehand or make a list of things you are looking forward to. If you want to start working out more, set times and days you want to go and stick with a routine. Trying not to stay up so late? Slowly start falling asleep earlier and earlier each night leading up to move in.

The incoming school year means shedding those old bad habits and attempting to improve with new and better ones. Set personal goals for yourself, even if they’re just small ones, such as: beginning a skincare routine, not staying at the library past midnight, rewarding yourself with dessert from the dining hall once a week or lessening your daily coffee runs.

If you’re unsure or uneasy about your roommates, whether in the dorms, an apartment or a house, create a list of needs before moving in. Remember that it’s your space too, so it’s OK to be vocal about what you think will be best for you. Remember that no one can argue against or invalidate your personal needs. It’s also easier to talk about these things upfront at the beginning, and open conversation is key.

It may be tempting to believe you’ll slump back into old ways once you’re on campus. Keep reminding yourself that you have the power to control those thoughts and feelings; it may relieve you of some worry. We are usually our worst critics, so give yourself some leniency. You’re never tied down to who you once were. You’re always able to become the person you wish to be.

Mimi Calhoun is a sophomore studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Have something to say? Email Mimi at or tweet her @mimi_calhoun.

AUTHOR: Mimi Calhoun
EDITOR: Tate Raub
COPY EDITOR: Lydia Colvin
Photo: Zoe Cranfill