Ready for a new school
year? Ready or not, schoolís coming up fast if yours hasnít started already. Schoolís always a mixture of excitement, trepidation, and anxiety. This year you should use those emotions to catapult you to something great. This is going to be your
year, and here are a few things you might try to make it even better.
Join a New Club or Group
Being involved in something at school can bring you all kinds of rewards. Not only will you be doing something you hopefully enjoy, youíll also be meeting a new group of people who give you a great sense of belonging. Throughout the school years, friendships should keep growing and changing Ė old friends might become more special or they might go a different way and new friends will always come along.
Always be open to what a club or group has to offer and really stretch yourself. If you love to draw, but have never really considered taking an art class or havenít had time, you might be able to join the art club that meets in the morning and still have a chance to involve yourself in something totally new and wonderful.
If youíre not already a master of organization, and very few students are, it might be time to give it a try. Get a stand for your locker so you can actually see whatís in there. Then, get your books covered and your notebooks nicely arranged with paper and dividers. Grab a planner that fits into your purse or bag and use it every class period, every day.
This means at the end of every class, remind yourself to flip it open and jot down notes about what you need to do next or what homework you have. You can also pull it out during club meetings and lectures to make notes about upcoming events or tests your teacher mentions. That way your whole academic life is right there for you to see whenever you need a reminder or want to plan your evening or weekend.
Start with the End in Mind
It sounds like something a motivational speaker might say, Iím sure they do, but starting the school year with an eye to the future can make a huge difference. Whatís in your future is really up to you, but the farther you plan head, the more important each year and each decision can be.
Example? If you want to go to college and become a writer someday, you need to do well in all of your classes to keep your GPA up, but you should really apply yourself to your English or Writing class. Because writers can learn a tremendous amount from reading, you should also go above and beyond in reading classes.
If youíre in middle school, ask your teachers to find out what kinds of journalism or writing classes are offered in high school and what prerequisites youíll need at the end of the year to sign up. If you need an A average to even apply for the yearbook class, for example, youíll want to get started on that right away.