School is right around the corner and as much as I dread it coming I must be prepared. I haven’t started it yet, but I have friends that started in the beginning of August. I am going to a new school this year which is a little intimidating, but I have some tips and tricks that I have learned from past years that will hopefully make it go smoother. They might also help you calm down before the first day comes.
1. Get some supplies before the year starts, but hold off on most because on the first day the teacher will specify what is really needed– This trick will save you a lot of effort, time, and money. Also the supply list can be inaccurate and just a general idea.
2. Memorize your class schedule and room numbers– This way the first week is smoother and if you do get lost you can be quicker at asking someone for help.
3. Try to tour the building before the year starts– This is so hopefully you don’t get lost on the first day. You can also help your friends get around too!
4.Connect with people from or going to your school over social media– This will allow you to have a few people you know when the first day comes. It can also be great to meet somewhere before the first day to get to know each other more. I have also found it helpful to meet on the first day of school and walk in together. Trust me, it helps make the whole situation a lot less awkward.
5. Mix in your favorite outfits with the others– I know after the first two weeks people say they stop wearing their nice clothes and that they wear them all in the beginning of the year, but I think it would be great to save some to mix in on other weeks as well. Also, you can always re-wear an outfit. Really, no one notices except you. I also know the idea of looking nice on the first week is to make an impression, but why not keep that impression?
6. Make sure all your summer assignments are done– I know it’s a pain (I still have to finish my summer reading), but it will be a lot less stressful. During the first week when you have to hand it in you will be all done and set a great first impression which is key.
7. Look up or ask people about your teachers– It is great to know what to expect from a teacher and their work load so you can plan your weekly schedule. It is also nice to know their personality so you can adapt.
8. Label all of your supplies– I know this might seem like a no brainer, but seriously, do it! You don’t want to loose a binder that is extremely important and has no way getting back to you. Make sure to write your first and last name as well as the subject and your homeroom. Your homeroom is basically your home base so anything that gets there has a better chance getting to you. Other wise how would the person who finds it know where to find you?
9. Plan your breakfast– I know I always just grab a protein bar and then an hour later I feel like I’m dying from hunger. Honestly, it’s better to just to make a breakfast the night before and leave it in the fridge so you can grab it on the go. Some great examples are chia pudding, smoothies, overnight oatmeal, smoothie bowls, and breakfast cookies. (I will have a blog post very soon teaching you how to make these.)
10. BE OPEN– I know, I have trouble with this too, but I have come to accept to be open to people and new ideas. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath a keep going. Be open to making new friends, to accepting a teacher, and to taking the most boring class ever and make it a little more fun for yourself!
GOOD LUCK! I know starting something new is very hard, but you just have to realize that you have to do it no matter how much it stresses you out. I am dreading school starting too, but it’s much better to make it enjoyable than to complain all year. Enter the building being confident and it will be so much more helpful. Have an amazing year!!!!!