Each year when students of all ages, from elementary to college, start summer break, it is truly a long-awaited dream come true. Students are no longer overburdened by the stress of schoolwork and get to enjoy their vacation. Some visit or travel to exciting places, spend time with friends, or engage in other fun activities. Life goes on for a peaceful month or two until the biggest burden of our young lives returns – the start of the new school year. Although the school year has already started off with a bang, here are some tips to kick off fall semester:
1. Contact your friends and try to meet up.This will allow you to catch up if you haven’t been in touch for awhile. This way, you’ll be more excited about school starting because you’ll remember the enjoyment you get out of seeing your friends everyday.
Hopefully, you’ve already purchased and prepared necessary materials as early as possible. But if you haven’t, usually, there are many back-to-school sales that allow you to buy supplies with ease – that is if they don’t run out of stock first. Be sure to organize all supply lists as things can get pretty hectic. Also, keep an eye out for necessities and other items on sale that may come in handy later in the year.
3. Adopt a positive mood. I know, this may seem like a tough one, even unnecessary. But you need a bright attitude and mindset in order to succeed. Try thinking of all of the school events to look forward to, your new classes, the privileges that come with being a year older, or even focusing on the next break to help you endure each semester.
4. Try not to impair your health by becoming over-stressed. Every student worries about grades, teachers, and friends, but knowing how to deal with these stresses truly matures an individual. Try to calm down and look at the bright side. If you have serious concerns that prevent you from reaching your maximum potential, try talking to someone like a family member or a friend about it.
5. Establish good habits like time management, efficient organization, and maintaining focus. Good habits are essential for educational success. Manage your time well even when you are taking a break or having fun. Stay organized, especially if you’re sick of hearing mom and dad tell you to clean your room. Applying these simple habits will result in the numerous benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
By following all of these simple tips, you should be less vulnerable to stress, frustration, or laziness. Although these recommendations may not solve all of your problems, they will surely help you start on the right foot.
Jonathan J. Chun, Grade 9
West Ranch High School