Monday, August 19, 2013

back-to-school checklist

Over the next week, I’m slowly crossing these off my to-do list to get ready for the school year ahead. There’s the usual….

1. Organize your apartment.
2. Go shopping.
(Bags! Clothes! Shoes! And new school supplies, of course)
3. Set up your semester budget. I love the mint app on my phone for on-the-go tracking.

And the special things I do to prep myself for the new year.

4. Set up a picture folder of summer memories. I found myself flipping through my Korea pictures after last summer. These really kept me going when dental school got rough. It made me look forward to next summer’s vacation yet again & put me in a positive (grateful!) mood when I was feeling down.


5. Find your mantra. Last year my mantra was “Write. Pray. Run.” I had these written on post-it’s and stuck around the apartment. It was a reminder for me keep doing what’s important to me and to remind myself to relax sometimes (so hard for me!). I’m still thinking about this year’s.

What’s on your back-to-school checklist?


  1. Our school year is ending just as yours is beginning! Still, I'm coming up on my one year in Peace Corps mark and it's making me think about how I want the second year of Peace Corps to go and what I want to get accomplished. I hope your brainstorming/listmaking/etc goes well! :-)

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