Returning to class after a long summer break can be difficult. To make this step more accessible, we’ve identified ten ways to land smoothly and improve your back to school!
These days, in an age where everything is easily accessible with the click of a button, many people question the need to go to school or university. Do you want to know the date when Man walked on the moon? Look it up on Google. Do you want to listen to music? Take a tour on YouTube. Want to know how much is 67% of 110? Phones today are equipped with calculators to let you know.
Yet even with all of this information, around the clock, school or university teaches us much more than a few equations to solve or a few dates to memorize. Not only is learning in a classroom or on the benches of an amphitheater fundamentally different from brief research lasting a few minutes in front of a screen but a huge – and in my opinion, the best – part of a school or university life. Lies in the interpersonal relationships formed between professors and students.
Start your routine early
You can’t hope to survive the shrill alarm when you wake up at 6:45 a.m. after going to bed at 2 a.m. So, about a week before school starts, start going to bed at a reasonable time and wake up early. This is a much better method than drinking 10 cups of coffee to start the day.
Make a to-do list
Make a list of everything you will need to buy and do. You will feel more accomplished and can face an enemy far worse than the schoolboys: procrastination.
Prepare your things the night before
If you’re like me, you probably waste a good hour every morning trying to find your outfit. Instead, pick out your clothes and pack your bag the night before. This will save you precious time in the morning, allowing you to sleep more or even have a second breakfast. #winner
Take your breakfast… seriously
Take it! Everyday. It’s the one that will give you the energy and focus on staying in shape until the evening. Remember, the brain needs fuel, just like a car.
Plan your trips
How do you make your trips? By car, bike or train? Make sure you plan everything to give yourself a real chance to get there on time. And be sure to bring your fully charged devices; nothing is worse than running out of battery on the way to school or college or listening to your seatmate’s loud phone conversation at 8 a.m. because you’ve forgotten your headphones at home.
Make your schedule
Look at your schedule, then try to imagine how long it will take you to get from class to class. If you have time, give it a try. Especially if you are going to a large school complex, it will prevent you from accidentally getting lost or getting the wrong class and having to make awkward apologies.
Know how to make yourself appreciated by teachers
I’m not telling you to sit in the front row or bring them an apple every day, but to make a good impression by not skipping class and doing your best to turn in your homework on time and avoid arriving late. This way, your teachers will respect you and be more inclined to help you better understand the subject they are teaching or give you the essential time to finish your essay.
Keep old friends and make an effort to find new ones: go to school social events and college newcomer lounges. By registering for at least one new club related to your areas of interest, you will contact like-minded people.
You’ll also be able to find a study buddy and make friends with older people who might tell you about teachers, classes, and everything in between – their insider knowledge and experience will be invaluable! Like we said before, it’s friends who make school and college so unique, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Don’t blow your budget.
You are still just a student, after all! So, until you find a job, make sure you don’t recklessly spend all your money on treats, in the cafeteria, or on weekends with your friends. Make a budget and stick to it.
Now is the time for personal growth and self-learning – that long-awaited time to become an excellent person has been within you for all these years. Challenge yourself as much as possible, and don’t give in to peer pressure. If you stay true to yourself, you will only be respected more.
Remember that your school or university years are the best of your life (and the freest too!); everyone will confirm that no matter how strongly you say you hate school, you will always be nostalgic for it after you leave it.
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