Why bemoan your return to school when you could totally rock it? Enough grumbling about geometry. It’s time to put away your fears and
tears and knock this year outta the park. We’ve got five tips to make your new
school year just as fun as the summertime. Well, almost!
Tip #1: Make studying a good time
If the idea of an afternoon reading from a textbook drives
you cuh-razy, it’s time to find new study methods. Pick up a new way to
remember things: If you love music, try writing a song with the dates of the
revolutionary war. Teaching the subject to someone who knows nothing about it,
like a little sibling, can be totally helpful. They’ll learn a little and may
ask you questions you never thought about. Essay got ya bummed? Call over a
friend and debate with her the points of your essay. By poking holes in your
argument, your chica will help ya write a stronger position paper.
Tip #2: Pick up something non-academic
Sure, studying is important and all, but it’s just as
important to try things that have nothing to do with school. Pick up a new
sport, learn to play an instrument or read some novels just for you. Taking a
break from the books reduces your stress level and keeps ya focused when you
really need to pay attention, like during a lecture or before a test.
Tip #3: Ditch the drama
Your BFF calls and she’s crying about how that a sweetie in
your social circle is spreading rumors about her…and she wants you to talk to
her. Instead of rushing right into the middle of none-of-your-business
territory and getting involved in an explosive sitch, take a deep breath and
tell your girl that while you’d love to listen to her problem, you don’t wanna
step in it. Getting caught up in drama absolutely drains you of mental energy
and puts you in a tricky position. Be a good friend, but know when to draw the
Tip #4: Make the most of your school
Take advantage of what your school has to offer. If they
have fun clubs, join a few that sound interesting. If you dig soccer and they
have a great team, try out! If you get involved you’ll meet more people, try
new things and build up a nice extracurricular sched. Win-win.
Tip #5: Ask for help
And if you’re still behind in class, can’t make it to a club
or a team and you’re totally caught up in crazy drama? It’s totally OK to look
for some assistance. That’s what your guidance counselor, parents, friends,
coaches and teachers are there for. Don’t be afraid to come forward and admit
you’re struggling. Everyone has problems in school, but if you can fix ‘em
before they get out of hand, there’s no need to stress. See, aren’t you happier
already? Good luck, girls. Here’s hoping for the best year ever!
BY SARAH GOLDBERG ON 7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN back to school, bust first day fears, have the best school year ever, get your act together guide