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4 simple ways I set myself up for success

By Rachel Clarkson, first-year Baking and Pastry Arts student, Student Content Team

With the winter semester about to start, Rachel shares some of her daily rituals to get each day off on the right foot.

Prep the night before

I always make sure to have to have the essentials with me in class. I like to pack my bag the night before with everything I’m going to need for the next day and check it in the morning to make sure. For theory classes this means my laptop, notebook and pen. Other days this means my chef whites, sharpie and tool kit for the kitchen.

Pack a healthy lunch

I always bring a lunch with me to class. This helps to save money and make sure I’m eating well instead of grabbing the first thing I see, which I am notorious for doing! I pack it the night before and make sure to stock it with healthy fats and carbs and some proteins — my favourite is peanut butter and celery sticks.

Caffeinate 😀

I don’t know about you, but I cannot live without my coffee in the morning! My class starts at 7 am Monday through Thursday, so I usually make my coffee at home with a splash of caramel vanilla lactose-free creamer, but on Fridays I like to come to SAIT around noon and get my coffee from Starbucks as a little treat. I have recently discovered the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and it has been my go-to for the last few weeks! I like to get to the Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre about 10 past noon because most people are in class so there’s never a line!

Arrive early

Coffee and a laptop on a desk

After I get my coffee, I head up to class early and pull all my stuff out of my bag, so I am ready to go when class starts. It’s become my Friday routine.


📅 Time to find your routine and make a plan to master time management.


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