Zoe Broderick, 9
Jeans - With cold weather on the horizon, it’s time to say goodbye to shorts and skirts. An absolute essential for fall are many good pairs of jeans. Make sure to have a couple denim pairs in regular colors, and then experiment with some other fall colors!
A good pair of boots - We all know that fall season means that you’re going to be wearing a lot of jeans, which means you’ll definitely need a good pair of shoes to spice up an everyday pair of jeans. Make sure to get a durable pair of boots that will last you through the season. Also, pick a neutral color so that they’re more versatile.
Sweater or cardigan - If you still want to wear your short sleeve shirts in the fall, then invest in a sweater or cardigan to keep you warm. Make sure that you get one that is made of warm material. Now you can wear your summer wardrobe all year long!
Flannel - Flannel is something that you can only get away with during the fall so go crazy! Make sure to wear an understated top though, so that the overlapping colors of the flannel don’t clash. I recommend a flannel jacket, as it is more subtle, and you can wear a cute top with it as well.
Leggings - There are always those days in fall when you just want to stay in bed and wear comfortable clothes. Well, leggings are perfect for that! Sometime jeans can be a little uncomfortable. When this happens leggings are your best friend. Be sure to get a basic black pair that you can simply throw them on in the morning and be good to go.
Infinity scarf - If you’re looking for a more understated accessory, I would suggest an infinity scarf. Scarves are a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. Pair it with a complementing pair of earrings for a cute and natural look.
“David and Lisa” in a phenomenal play put on by Theatre on the James. The play focuses on a sixteen year old boy named David, played by Nick Whelen, who has a fear of being touched. His parents, in hopes of helping him, send him to a special school with other kids with similar problems. There, he meets a girl named Lisa, played by Fiorenza LoPresti, who has Dissociative Identity Disorder. As the days pass, David forms new friendships and confronts his inner turmoil with the help of Lisa and a therapist Dr. Alan Swinford, played by Jake Lester. The production is a bit darker than what we are used to, but light moments of comedy are sprinkled throughout to keep us on the edge of our seats. All in all, this play was a rollercoaster of emotions that I wouldn’t mind going on again!
Lauren Schubert, 10
As we finally say goodbye to summer and sun, it can be hard to transition back into school. For one thing, we haven’t been in the classroom since June, so even the easiest assignments seem like torture. Not to worry though, because with the right tools, the right mindset, and a great group of friends, back to school doesn’t have to be so bad. Here are my top three tips for back to school that might make it a bit easier to get pumped up for the year.
Find a Routine
One of the hardest skills to master during the back to school season can be time management. Between sports, clubs, homework, and time for friends, it can be a lot to handle in one day. However, having a schedule, or a daily routine, can make it a million times easier to navigate through your day. People who have a set routine spend less time asking themselves what they are doing next. Ultimately, having a schedule will give you a rhythm to fall into each day, which saves you valuable time. If it helps, try purchasing an agenda! Even if every day is different for you, having a calendar with everything written out can guide you as you organize your time.
How boring would school be if you only took classes? Take the opportunity to try something new this school year! Getting involved has been shown to make you more motivated to wake up and start your day. So finally join that club you’ve been meaning to look into, go to the interest meeting for the debate club or the forensics team, try out for a sports team you like, or even start a club of your very own. Having extracurricular activities outside of the classroom can help you make new friends, and make the most out of your high school experience. Find out what you’re passionate about and run with it. After all, you only go for four years, so make them count! Investing in your school will leave a mark on the students who come after you; not to mention you’ll make amazing friendships and have something to look forward to after a long school day.
Have a Positive Mindset
Time and time again it's been proven that positive people are more successful. If you look for the best in each day, you’ll find it much easier to get out of bed in the morning. It doesn’t have to be super complicated either. Try finding one thing each day you’re looking forward to or you’re happy about. It can be as simple as having Lucky Charms for breakfast, or seeing your friends in the newly decorated library during lunch. By constantly complaining about your workload or busy schedule, you’re only dragging yourself down. Look at the positives, and you’ll find yourself spreading your positive attitude to others too.
So, all in all, when you take a step back, ‘back to school’ isn’t really that bad. Even when you’re drowning in school work, your brain is getting stronger than it was before; you’re learning more and more about the world around you. So this back to school season, make some new friends, find a routine, and see the best in the 2018-19 school year.