Note: These tips are for High School, if you want to see my tips for middle school click here!
Around this time of year, we are surrounded by the groans of children’s and teens slamming alarm clock buttons, and zipping up backpacks. Yes, it is almost here (or already here, depending on where you live and go to school), the dreaded back to school. Le gasp! Ay ay ay, I think I have a headache already.
Although school can be terrible and exhausting, there are a few good things we can look forward to like seeing our friends, and….. And…. I got nothing.
Hopefully I can make it a little easier with some tips and advice!
- Try it Out!: Trying out for a sports team or musical program can be terrifying, do it anyway. Even if you don’t make it, there’s no room for regrets afterwards.
- Not all Teachers are The Enemy: Although they give you homework, some teachers are really funny and nice. I’ve personally found that they really do care, and give great advice.
- Sleep, Sleep, Sleep: Yeah, yeah we can all sleep when we’re dead, but you’ll really be regretting partying or watching Youtube until 4 in the morning when you have to pay attention in math class the next day.
- Stress is Useless: That quiz in science isn’t going to determine your future, people will forget that one time you sneezed on your crush, and worrying about failing convinces you that failing is an option. Don’t stress, it’s high school not the olympics.
- Talk To the New Kid: It doesn’t even have to be the new kid, just somebody you’ve never met before. You don’t know anything about them or maybe you do, for all you know you could be best friends in two weeks.
- Extra Credit: You might not think you need it, but extra credit never hurts. Extra credit is a rare and valuable prize in high school. Extra credit= Life Saver.
- Pay Attention & Participate: I know, boring, but you have no idea how much stuff is on tests and homework that the teacher already explained in class. Taking notes is also really helpful. This includes answering and asking questions in class. This makes teachers more willing to help you.
- Friends: While you don’t have to be friends with everyone, it is nice to have people to hang out with and that care about you. Once you find these people, make sure you make an effort to be a good friend to them also. They can get you through the hard times, and even schoolwork.
- Save Money: Whether you’re about to drive or do drive, you need money not only for the car, but also for gas. Money is also important if you want to go shopping with your friends, or go out for lunch sometime.
- Learn From Those Around You: This could go from peers and friends to parents and other family members. If they’ve gone through something you are going through,take the advice.You don’t have to rely on it completely, but keep it in mind. If somebody around you has done something stupid, and they tell you not to, you probably shouldn’t. Why make the same mistake twice?
- BALANCE: Balance is probably the largest piece of advice I can give to anyone when it comes to school. Schoolwork is a large part of what you’ll be doing. It’s important to finish assignments, stay on task, and study for tests. On the other hand, it is also very important to have a social life. Now this doesn’t mean hanging out with all the cool kids, and going to parties every weekend. It could mean hanging out with a few of your close friends, going to school dances, and sports games. You also need alone time. Time to relax, and think, and not worry about anyone else.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and they will help a little! I’m thinking about doing more back to school posts such as recommended supplies, study tips, etc.
Also a big shout out to dreams and movie screens for all the extra ideas! Check out her amazing blog here!
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