It’s been a great summer. You finished your internship , updated your resume, and finally read that bestseller while soaking up the sun at the beach. But now it’s time to get back to business—or, more accurately, back to school.
In case you’re struggling to say goodbye to summer days, here are 10 things you can do to get back in gear:
1. Reconnect with friends.
The stress that is often associated with returning to school is real and trust me, you are not alone. Your classmates are feeling the same nervous anxiety about resuming the demanding school schedule. Just thinking about the demands of extra-curricular activities, college applications, jobs, and internships can send the heart racing. Gathering with friends and class peers to catch up on summer activities, jobs, and travel can have a positive effect on your mindset and put you at ease about returning to school. Talk about your plans and share your goals.
2. Set goals.
Jot down some short and long term goals for the year ahead. Would you like to make the honor roll? Improve your attendance? Identify your aspirations before the craziness of the year kicks in.
3. Meet with your School Counselor.
The beginning of the year is the best time to reconnect with your school counselor or meet your counselor if you are a freshman. Discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and what you would like to achieve in the year ahead. Do not wait for an appointment, go to the guidance office and make plans to meet as soon as possible.
4. Get Involved.
If you are not yet involved in an extra-curricular activity, find one that interests you and get involved. Not an athlete? Get involved in student government or become a mentor. Talk with your School Counselor to decide on which activity is a good fit.
5. Do your homework.
I know this sounds like a no brainer, but you would be surprised how missing even one assignment can impact your grade. Doing your homework will help you review concepts taught, shows good work ethic, and will help prepare you for tests.
You should be reading every night. If you finished your reading during class time...review or read ahead. Build your vocabulary and you will be prepared to participate in class and share your views and understanding.
7. Find time to disconnect.
Alright—now on to your personal life and emotional health. Be in the moment and disconnect from social media (even for just a short time). Take a walk, listen to music, reconnect with family, take a yoga class. Spend some time away from your phone and the non-stop demands of social media to just be. Look up and enjoy being in the moment. Try it!
8. Eat healthy
Your schedule is about to get a lot less predictable, so take this time to think about how you can prepare for meals that are easy and quick to prepare. After a long day of school, job, activities, and homework, you will want to grab something that is convenient and healthy.
Teenagers can never seem to get enough sleep. Rest up when you can and find time to get the recommended 8 hours, when possible.
10. Stay Organized
Finding a system to staying organized can be a challenge. What works for one person may not work for another. If you are struggling, reach out to an adult, teacher, school counselor for advice. We might just be able to determine the best method to stay on top of your game.
A successful year is ahead. Best of luck and know that you have support if you need some assistance along the way!