It's the most wonderful time of the year ... just kidding. For some it's exciting, for others it's dreadful -- school is back in swing and summer is over.
In a way, our freedom is being taken away from us. We can no longer hang out with our friends whenever we want, we don't have a break from homework anymore, and there's no more staying up late and sleeping until noon.
I have always struggled with school coming back into my daily routine. I mean let's face it, who likes getting up at 6 in the morning? And who really loves sitting in class all day? I know I don't, so over my many years of going to school, I have developed some skills that help me transition back into the long year ahead.
So, here are some tips that I would like to share with you:
1. For those who have trouble getting out of bed, place an alarm clock near you and one far away from you. That way, by the time you get out of bed to turn off the alarm, you're wide awake.
2. Fit as many things as you can in one day. Spend an hour after school with just your friends, come home, share dinner with your family, and then get started on all that homework you have without any distractions. You'll be sure to get done by 10.
3. If you're starting a new school, sit in the middle of the class. This shows confidence, but also that you aren't excluding yourself by either sitting behind everyone where no one can see you, or in front where you can't see others. Also, start out with meeting a few people who seem nice that you can talk to. You don't want to overwhelm yourself with too many new faces at the beginning of school.
4. Walk, don't run to class, unless there are only a few other people around you. It is dangerous to run, and quite unnecessary if there are many people around.
5. Do as much work in class as possible to eliminate the load for home, because we all know homework is no good!
6. If you get as irritated with sitting in class all day as I do, find something to entertain yourself. Try doodling, playing a song in your head, thinking about something funny you saw someone do, thinking of your favorite animal or a hairless cat, fiddling with your bracelet, trading off your sitting position, etc. There are so many fun things you can do that help keep your mind off of how irritated you are.
7. Don't take more than two AP classes. Trust me, two is enough!!
8. Find the little things you can look forward to throughout the day like eating lunch with your friends, going to art class, or seeing that hot kid you have a crush on.
9. Get involved: Join student government (it's an amazing experience), join the anime club, play a sport, etc.
There are so many ways that can make going back to school fun! You just need to have the right attitude to take it on.
McKayden Howard is a junior at the DaVinci Academy. She loves writing, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. E-mail her at email@example.com.