5 Reasons Why Going Back to School Isn’t The End Of The World

It doesn't have to be horrible. In fact, it can be almost not horrible. 

By Khalea Underwood

Yes, school is back in session, and there’s nothing you can do about it. While you’d probably prefer to hit the Quan at your local block party instead of hitting the books, keep in mind that it’s all about perspective. If you head to your 8 a.m. class with a negative mindset, you’ll probably have a sucky semester. Here’s a crash course in looking at the brighter side of things.

1. You'll look hotter than last year.

I don’t know about you, but if there’s an opportunity to debut a new outfit, I’m taking advantage of it. If you’re refreshing your existing closet with a few thrift pieces or an of-the-moment impulse buy from Forever 21, think about how hot you’ll look and try to forget about syllabi and midterms. Suddenly, the thought of 9-to-5 classes is almost not horrible.

2. You get to stay woke.

Sometimes, The Skimm doesn’t cut it. In an era of information overload, it can be tough to stay on top of what’s going on. Many class assignments are pegged to current events. Even if you aren’t a communications major, you don’t want to be the girl left out of the conversation – you want to be the one who starts it. Consider class as your cheat sheet.

3. There’s more structure.

When you have a class schedule – one that, hopefully, you’re able to create yourself – it’s the crux of your workweek. You base when you work, eat, sleep and party around it. Lazy summer days are great, yes, but they’re such a huge time and discipline suck. A mandatory agenda will get you feeling legit in no time, and it'll better prepare you for a summer-less career.

4. There are better job and internship opportunities. 

Summer internships are super competitive, yet plenty of companies recruit on college campuses during the school year. In some instances, you don’t even have to leave campus to get an interview (job fairs!). Reap the benefits!

5. You get to see your squad IRL.

When summer started, crews across the country were undoubtedly broken…at least for the time being. Now that everyone’s back on the same campus, it’s easier to keep up with your friends’ stories in real time, and not just on Snapchat.

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