By: Michelle & Olivia
Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s back to the books! Some people love it, some people hate it, but as you grow up, you’ll never be mad that you did it.
School is an interesting place; there are so many different opportunities in such a small place. Not only do you have to learn how to balance your classes, you want your social life to take off, and take part in as many recreational activities or groups as you possibly can. And, while that may seem overwhelming, it’s something you don’t want to take for granted. As they say, the time IS now. You don’t want to look back later in life saying, “I wish I did that.”
We’re past the years of University, so you can say we’ve been through it all. During the good, the bad, the sleepless nights, parties, and scrambling to submit a paper right before its deadline, we managed to survive. So, we’re here to offer some of our best advice to help you do the same (and to maybe learn from our mistakes).
MAKE A PLAN
This is basic, but you need to plan your time out. With a million and one things on your plate, and deadlines that need to be met, it’s important to allocate time to make sure you can get it all done. Getting your priorities in order holds more and more important every time you move up a grade.
BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
Turn to the person sitting beside you in home room and introduce yourself. You’ll be happy you did. You never know what experiences could come out of this connection. The more people you know the better, and finding a study buddy never hurt either. Most importantly, be a friendly acquaintance to everyone. Of course, not everyone is going to be your bestie, but being the mean girl is a waste of time. Be the girl everyone feels comfortable talking to.
DO YOU HOMEWORK IMMEDIATELY
Your teacher assigns you homework and you throw out a sigh and an eye roll. Homework is never fun, but it’s effective (obviously). The more your stay on top of it, the less lost you will be on that mid-term. And, the sooner you get it done, the more time you have to do whatever your little heart desires.
You might not want to be there, but you have to. If you go in with a positive attitude, your day will pass faster, things might not seem so bad, and you will radiate good vibes. If you put out bad energy, you’ll receive bad energy right back. It’s that simple.
PACK YOUR LUNCH
You may come to learn VERY quickly that the cookies sold in your cafeteria are little ooey-gooey, chocolatey gifts from the Gods. However, on God knows what the f*ck is in them. Ever heard of the freshman 15? Yea, avoid that. Don’t surrender to all of the refined, processed, greasy food that every cafeteria and campus is riddled with. You’re better than that. Fuel your body with good food to help get you through the day. And, you’ll definitely be a lot richer this way, too.
AVOID PROCRASTINATING (as much as possible)
Notice how we said, “as much as possible.” We think procrastinating is simple a way of life. However, sometimes you can win the battle against this humanly curse. It’s so tempting to put off that assignment to last minute, but it might not pay off. Pushing away your issues will only create more stress and anxiety when the deadline approaches. Finish an assignment with weeks or days to spare once and hang on to the feeling of how good it felt to get it done!
Participate in recreational sports and groups. It’s a great way to have some fun, make friends, and really feel that school spirit. You’ll create some great memories and get that full high school, University, or college experience.
THERE IS MORE TO SCHOOL THAN SCHOOL
Yes, we’re encouraging you to go out and grab a drink (or two). To keep your sanity and enjoy your time, sometimes you need to take your head out of the book. You will probably have a night where you don’t remember the name of that cute boy you talked to or ate a whole pizza at 3am. It’s normal and is what comes with being a teen. In order to grow you need to make mistakes. Be human! However, don’t let your nights of drinks consumed outweigh your the amount of classes you attend. You’re there to learn first and to have fun second.
If you keep your focus in check and surround yourself with friends who share the same life aspirations as you, you should do just fine. Enjoy every day of your school years because you will never get them back. They really are the best days of your life.
Good luck kids!