With summer coming to a close, it’s hard to avoid those pesky back to school reminders coming at you on a daily basis. From back-to-school commercials you see while watching your favourite summer series, to sales at almost every store wanting you to be the most stylish for the start of school, you get a daily reminder that your two month break from the stresses of school is coming to an end. You may be ready with your new fall wardrobe and have all your new school supplies, but are you mentally prepared for summer to end? Here are 6 ways to mentally prepare yourself for going back to school:
Start going back to a regular sleep pattern
It may be easy to stay up until 3 a.m. and to wake up at noon all summer, but unfortunately that’s not going to cut it in the fall. Although you still have a few weeks, by going to bed at a decent time and waking up close to when you would have to for school, you’ll eventually feel refreshed and ready when you have to wake up early for the first day of school.
*hint: the above picture is what you don’t want to look like on your first day
Write a “new school year resolutions” list
There’s always something you’ll want to improve on each school year no matter how old you are. Reflect on your previous school year and figure out what you wish you had done differently. It could be something as small as introducing yourself to at least one person you don’t know in each of your classes, or an academic focus such as boosting your grades by at least one mark. This way you can go into school with a clear goal of what you want to come out of the school year.
Familiarize yourself with the required readings
If you’ve received your required reading list for the fall or the textbooks you need to buy, the best thing to do is familiarize yourself with the books you’re going to be discussing in class. Although reading them is one way of doing that, it may not be the best option, as you don’t know the assignments that you’ll eventually be doing. All you need to make sure you do is to pick up the book (if your school lends you the book then you probably don’t need to get another copy) and understand the general concept of the book. Is it fiction/non-fiction? Will you enjoy the content? Or will you need to give yourself extra time to read it as it isn’t interesting to you? You can do this by either reading the first page, or simply looking up reviews on the book online.
If you have no idea what you’re going to be reading in the fall, make sure you’ve at least read a book this summer. You may have read something over break, but Facebook statuses and 140 character tweets don’t count. This way you know how fast it takes you to read something and how not to get distracted from a book.
Since it’s summer vacation, your food schedule may have gotten a little messed up over the past few months. Before school starts, make sure you are used to eating breakfast everyday before going off to school. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is especially true when you’re in school. By eating breakfast you’re helping fuel up your body and make you ready for class. Since you’re not used to waiting a specific time before you can eat lunch, by eating a healthy breakfast you’re ensuring that you won’t get hungry two hours before you’re allowed to eat.
Familiarize yourself with your schedule
Nothing’s worse than showing up at school on the first day and having no idea where you’re going, or what class you’re supposed to be at. If you have your schedule beforehand, make sure you look at a map and know what time each class is. This way, you are prepared to at least show up on time and in the right place. If you don’t have your schedule until you show up, make sure you know where you’re going to pick it up. This way you waste no time wandering around and can (hopefully) beat the lines so you don’t have to wait. You should also familiarize yourself with a map of the school so you don’t have to be looking at a map, or worse, getting lost once you get your schedule. Usually these can be found online on your schools website (or just type in “Map of [your school’s name]” in your favourite search engine and it should pop up).
Go in with a positive attitude
Having your summer vacation end only to have to wake up early and head off to school can be a bummer. Unfortunately that’s life. Make sure to go in on the first day with a positive attitude because if you go in with negative thoughts, it will just make your day worse than you’re already imagining it to be. A positive attitude can make even the worst situations turn out better than expected.