Fill your Tool Belt to Build a Healthy School Year By: Danielle Colletti, Graduate Student and Wheeling Response Center

College is an exciting time when we work on building who we are and who we wish to become. However, like any new project, we needed to be armed and ready with the right tools needed to make our next endeavor a success. Look no further– let’s load your tool belt with great tips to help you stay healthy and organized throughout your college career and beyond!


Purchase one of these right away so that you can begin using it the first day of the term! Better yet, pick one up on campus on 9/14! Take your syllabi and add all the due dates and assignments to your calendar. This way you know what is ahead of you and can plan accordingly. With this, make a to-do list each day with the most important tasks at the top. Set goals. Try to keep this with you at all times. This is something that I do each day to make sure that I am on top of all my tasks for school, work, and personal life. Make it fun and reward yourself with something special for completing everything on the list. Don’t forget to schedule time to relax!


Find out what time of the day you are most productive. Are you a night owl who gets all their work done before bed, or are you a rooster who likes to get up with the sun and complete some work to start your day? Once you have learned what time works best for you, try to keep a routine!

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Be sure to eat breakfast; it is the most important meal! Breakfast gives you the fuel and focus to tackle the day ahead. Always keep some healthy snacks with you such as almonds, fruits, veggies, yogurt, granola, even popcorn! Be sure to stay hydrated with a lot of water throughout the day. Try to avoid energy drinks. Instead have a cup of black coffee, juice or a smoothie! Know that it is okay to indulge every once in a while.


Do your best to fit in exercise whenever you can and try to make it a routine! Whether it is taking the long walking route to campus or taking the stairs, every bit will help you stay active and relieve stress. If possible, join a gym and get a buddy to do it with you! Two is always better than one when it comes to exercise and motivation. Always remember to stop and embrace the beauty around you.


We often look for ways to avoid getting sick. Here are a few: Never underestimate a good night’s sleep. Trying to establish a night time routine will work wonders for you in the morning. Remember not to do homework in your bed. Your brain needs to know that when you are in bed it is time to relax and sleep. Take vitamins. Lastly, be sure to remember to wash your hands (especially after using public transportation!)


College courses can certainly bring on a lot of stress so DO NOT be afraid to ask for help! There are plenty of resources at National Louis to help you make the transition to college a success. With this, identify the resources you have outside of the classroom.   Find relief from school in your hobbies, university events, family and friends.

With your tool belt full and your eyes set on the goal, you are ready to build your future! Best of luck!

Danielle Laban

About Danielle Laban

Danielle is the Director of Student Experience at National Louis. She's an experienced student affairs professional who is focused on student success. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado and her Master of Arts at Roosevelt University.