By Branden Dutcharme
Let’s talk about school. Some of us hate it and some of us love it. Either way, we all have to show up. Sure, it can be intimidating and difficult at times but it can also be fun and enjoyable.
The school year has just begun and you may be overwhelmed but no need to fret, school doesn’t have to be as stressful as we tend to make it. After all, whether you’re an incoming freshmen or a graduating senior, as the cast of High School Musical once sang, “We’re all in this together.” We all have our own ways of getting through the year but here are a few tips to stay afloat.
- Complete Every Assignment
This one may seem obvious but many students fail to follow it. Being at school is only half the battle. The other half is making sure you complete your classwork and homework and turn it in on time. Homework is usually a large percentage of class grades and getting all of it done is essential for passing grades. With 6 classes, you may find that your assignments begin to pile up. Luckily, if you use your time in access wisely, you should be able to finish most if not all, of your assignments. If you have homework assignments that aren’t due the next day, do not save them for the day before they’re due. Get them done as soon as possible and avoid the stress!
- Manage Your Time Wisely
Time management is extremely important in high school and nailing it now will help you in college. It is very easy to put other things in your life above school, whether it be a job, spending time with friends, or binging your favorite show on Netflix. Whatever it may be, it shouldn’t interfere with your schoolwork or your grades will be greatly effected. Always try to finish your school work before doing any extracurricular activities. We all have things to do outside of school and weekends are usually not enough time to get them done so get your school work done efficiently.
- Come To School Everyday…. On Time
Sure, we all miss school every once in awhile but this tip is probably the most important of them all. Missing school for unnecessary reasons will make it difficult to pass your classes. Anytime you miss school, make sure to ask your teacher for any missed assignments and always make them up. Usually, you will have as many days as you missed to make up work but it may vary depending on the teacher. If you know you will be missing school for a vacation or any other reason, talk to your teachers and get the work ahead of time.
- Eat Food and Stay Hydrated
Not many things are more distracting than your stomach growling in the middle of a lecture and being so thirsty that you feel you need to run to the nearest water fountain during class. Eating breakfast is essential in order to make it through the day. If you don’t eat it at home, you can always buy it at school between 7:30 and 8:00am. Other opportunities to eat are snack and lunch and you can either buy food at school or bring it from home. Bringing small snacks is a great way to hold you over between classes. Some teachers will let you eat in class and others will not so always make sure you ask for permission if you are unsure. Buying a reusable water bottle is one of the best investments you can make. Not only will they save you trips to the water fountain, they will also most likely last the entire day depending on the size.
- Put The Cell Phone Down!
This is probably the tip you’ll dislike the most but it truly is the most important. Cell phones during class can be extremely distracting to the student using it, their peers, and the teacher. Constantly getting notifications and wanting to be up to date with everything on social media definitely makes staying off your phone very hard. There’s a time and place to be on your phone for personal uses and class should not be one of them. Don’t be fooled, however, as using a phone in class can also be extremely helpful. There’s a time and place for everything though and teachers will usually let you know when using your phone is appropriate.
Bonus Tip: Listen To Music… When Appropriate
Another great thing to keep in mind is that music soothes the soul and can help you make it through the long school day so listen to your favorite song and artist every chance you get, as long as it’s alright with your teacher of course.
There you have it, five tips to help you get through the school year. Try to at least follow one of them and see if it really does help you! Put your personal tips into action as well, as long as they work for you. The road ahead may seem long but we drive 95 in a 65 at BHS and summer will come around again before you know it. High School goes by fast so enjoy it while you can and have a great year