So. The holidays are over, and you've come back to Boulder. But since classes don't start up for a few more days, you're the only one here and it is just, ugh, so boring without your friends.

What's a nerd to do?

You could play "Mass Effect" for the 15th time. Or binge-watch "Firefly" again, and spend the rest of the week sobbing. Or... you could get a jump start on the semester by cleaning up your digital life. You've been a dirty nerd, after all.

Take a day to go through your phone. You know you need to, since it's even slower than the tourists on Pearl. You texted a friend from high school, and your phone still had messages from 2011 in it. You have apps you downloaded ages ago... and you've never used them. And just humor me - how many selfies are saved in your Snapchat folder? Freeing up space on your phone will help it run faster, give you a healthy dose of nostalgia, and remind you of how fine/fresh/fierce your selfies are.

Jessica Ryan
Jessica Ryan

Next up? Digging through your computer and getting your shit together. How many versions of your art history term paper did you save on your computer? Can you even find the final version? When's the last time you were able to tell what your desktop wallpaper was, between all the files and folders you've managed to pile up? And the emails... god, the emails. Your dorm assignment is still sitting in there somewhere, isn't it?

There's something liberating about filling up your Recycle Bin and dumping it all out. Getting yourself organized before classes start will free up time later on — no more searching through countless folders and files with names containing some variation of "lkja;ldjfa."


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Lastly, it's time to look at your online presence. While I'm generally pretty opposed to deleting things you've posted, there's still some cleanup work to be done. Check that all your privacy settings are what you want them to be - sites are sneaky and change them more often than that weird kid in your calc class last semester changed his underwear.

Update your Linkedin to reflect all the ass you've kicked so far this year — you made dean's list, didn't you? Brag that swag. And it's about time you purge the accounts you're following, from Twitter to Tumblr. Something about hitting that "unfollow" button just feels so good.

People will start rolling in over the weekend, and you'll be ready to take on another semester at CU (and have room for new selfies.)

Jess Ryan is a community manager and CU grad. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan