Summer is officially over and it’s now time to dive into the books! This is one of my favorite times of the year because not only do I get to buy a bunch of stationery (that I don’t need), but it also means that Fall is right around the corner. I’ve had my fair share of first days and years of school experience to call myself an expert in the art of not messing up too much in school. I’ve been doing it for 15 years now… basically my entire life. So I am HIGHLY qualified to give you advice… maybe not.
My Background in School
As I said, I’ve been going to school for fifteen years now, ever since the age of 5 (I am now 19). And it’s no secret that I’ve had my good moments and my bad. My first time in school was in Kindergarten (I never attended Pre-K) and I was always pretty smart… in everything that wasn’t reading. I was also in between a high achiever and an apathetic child up until high school. Nevertheless, I graduated from Kindergarten, eighth grade, and high school. I am now a sophomore in college (6 more years to go YIKES). With that being said, I think I know my way around the block pretty well.
1. Routines are your best friend
I cannot stress enough how important routines are. I suggest having a morning routine, an after school routine, and a night routine. The best way to minimize stress in life is to plan out everything! From the top of your morning to the bottom of your night. That way you have an overview of what needs to get done and where you need to be.
When I was in high school and even now that I’m in college I always had a million and one things to do. And the only thing that kept me sane was planning it all out.
Before I planned everything out I made a list of what events, meetings, classes, appointments, and trips I had. Once that was completed, I wrote down anything that I needed to scratch off my to-do list in terms of errands, homework, and miscellaneous activities. Lastly, schedule everything in a time block that way everything has an allotted time frame to be completed in.
This might sound tedious but it works out in the end!
2. It’s not the school… it’s you
Have you ever complained about your school? Claimed you were miserable, everyone hates you, and desperately wanted to get out of there?
Well, pumpkin, sorry to break it to you, but it’s not the school… it’s you.
You make your own self miserable by not making the most of it. What sports are you in? Did you join any clubs? What leadership positions do you hold? Who do you allow in your circle? What initiatives have you taken?
The school can’t do all of that for you. It has to be within you to make the most of it. They can provide you with resources, funds, etc.. but if you don’t join anything or talk to the right people, it’s going to feel like hell.
So try looking at the list of clubs in your school, see which ones you like, and attend their meetings. Run for student government. Start your own club. Join a team. Audition for a play. GET NEW FRIENDS! Do something to make your time there worth while.
3. If you don’t need it, don’t keep it
I am the last person to tell you to stop hoarding stuff in your bag. But seriously, STOP HOARDING STUFF IN YOUR BAG! You do not need scoliosis because you think it’s important to carry your ps4 around with you. Okay that’s an exaggeration but you get my point.
Stop carrying useless stuff. And if your teacher said you don’t need the textbook… THEN YOU DON’T NEED THE TEXTBOOK!!
4. What they say does not matter
Yeah I said it. They are not important. Oh but Tathy, Who are ‘they’? They’re the people who hold you back! The people that worry you because they’re constantly affecting you.
Imagine how much you can get done with all the time you waste worrying about other people’s opinion? You could’ve been a billionaire by now but you decided to spend your time elsewhere.
That test could’ve been an A but you were too busy staring at Jessica wondering why she doesn’t like you.
Focus on yourself, forget the rest. Because at the end of the day, their opinions are worthless compared to your value.
5. Learn from your mistakes
You’re going to go through so much in life, especially when you’re in school. But you can’t let that slow you down. You have to learn from it and rise up.
We’re all humans. We make mistakes. But there’s a difference between becoming a better person and letting it get to your head.
Not everything is going to be unicorns and rainbows 24/7. There will be hurricanes. But, you gotta let it play out. Then you gotta learn from it so that your sun can shine and your rainbow can form.
Look at your idols. Do you honestly believe that they got to where they are today without storms? THEY LIVED THROUGH STORMS, LEARNED FROM THEM, GREW, AND BECAME BETTER BECAUSE OF IT.
I may be a little late with this post since a lot of people have already started school, but everything I said remains true.
At the end of the day, you determine how your experience will be. So do you really want to regret anything?
Until next time,
Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray
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