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.