Going Back to School on the Right Foot

Can you believe summer is already almost over? When I was in middle school, summer felt like the best time of year. During the school year, lunch was the best time of each day. Now that I’m older, summer doesn’t bring the same excitement it did when I was younger…but I still find myself looking for vacations and ways to explore without having to take too much time off of work!

School is important and there are many ways to prepare to get the year started on the right foot without becoming anxious the minute you step foot in your school.

 Here are some tips that should help you out!

  • Prepare early. Make sure that you know what classes you’re taking and are prepared with any supplies you may need. Parents, don’t be afraid to be a little tougher on your kids come mid-August: the more prepared they are, the more prepared you will feel! The worst trend I see with young adults is procrastinating: school work will creep up on you if you’re not using your time wisely. Buy yourself a planner and extra supplies (I always keep 2 pens on hand) so that you can start jotting down ideas you might have before school even begins!
  • Stay focused on what’s important. When you’re in high school and there is so much going on, getting distracted is really easy. Make sure you focus on getting your homework done and studying for tests! When you know you have an important assignment to do, turn off the technology. It can be a huge distraction and harm how you perform in school. 
  • Join a club or sport. Maybe you are already involved in one but if you are not, look into what is available at your school. Or, make your own club! The beginning of the school year is a great time to try something new. It’s a great way to meet new people and stay busy outside of the classroom. Options like yearbook, debate team, choir, and soccer will keep your parents and you happy! High school is all about learning who you are and it’s a great time to try something out of your comfort zone. You may wind up finding something that becomes your passion!
  • Make time for yourself. Most importantly, you need to have time to relax and take care of yourself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything. Mental health has to be a priority. Take a bath, read a book for leisure, listen to your favorite music or do whatever makes you happy! It’s so important to take care of yourself. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help from a trusted friend, parent, or professional. Everyone goes through struggles sometimes and you’re never alone!

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