Back to School and Geared up for More
Whether you’re out of school for a day, a week or the entire summer, getting back on board with classes, notebooks and hall passes can be tough. Get back in the groove of school, so your friends will marvel at your composure and your teachers will think you’ve been studying like Albert Einstein, with the following tips:
1). Update your backpack
–or messenger bag, purse—whatever you use to carry your books. Go to a craft store and look for some fabric paint, glitter, or a unique patch. Being excited to show off your brand new, personalized gear can make any return to school easier.
2). Organize your supplies
Having a different folder for each class you’re taking not only helps keep you organized, but also prepares you for that yucky 8-letter-word: homework. Keeping a different colored folder for each class, or adding stickers or drawings to your old folders makes your classes seem new and refreshing! Restock your writing utensil collection, or swap last semester’s ball-points for more exciting gel-rollers!
3). Set a routine
As crazy as it sounds, setting your alarm to wake you up in the morning will help your body readjust to getting up with the sun. A week before school starts, set your buzzer for any time; noon, 11, the time isn’t as important as your reaction to the blast from the clock. Each day after that, set your alarm for an hour earlier than the previous, and focus on rolling your body out of that warm, comfy bed as soon as the beeping begins. A good way to keep yourself from hitting the snooze button is to put your alarm clock on a surface you can’t reach laying down. This way you have to move your feet to stop the infernal beeping.
4). Keep a journal and a planner
Recording your day’s most minor experiences will mean a lot to you down the road. Next time you’re searching frantically for your 4th hour homework assignment, you’ll know exactly where you wrote it down. Keeping track of tasks, feelings and events throughout your day will keep you motivated and on top of your responsibilities.
5). Read outside of class
Spend some time reading a book or magazine that you really love each day. Sometimes class work can get monotonous, and having a temporary escape from required texts will keep you from becoming bored or feeling overwhelmed.
6). Find a buddy
On the first day of class, look for the person you think would be the most interesting and grab a seat next to him or her. Introduce yourself; ask about her break, what kinds of things she did, and what’s her favorite subject in school. Making new friends is always healthy for your own self-image, and who knows? You could just make someone’s day!
7). Gain some perspective
Remember that school is only 13 years of your life, and everyone has to do it—recognize that you’re young, and you have a whole life ahead of you! Have fun with your classes and always give it your best. Most importantly, be yourself and allow others to be who they are, too!