It’s that time of year again: summer is coming to an end, pumpkin spice lattes are coming back, and the weather is cooling down - all things that lead up to the start of a new school year.  As someone who always starts out the year energized, organized, and prepared and ends it in a sort of messy, unorganized brain fry, I figured I’d share some ways I’ve figured out how to start - and end - the year on a positive note.


1. Be Prepared- and when I say this, I mean physically as well as mentally.  Make sure you get the supplies you need (and if you’re unsure about this, simply get what you know you’ll need to be organized), and, just as importantly, make sure they are supplies you actually want to use.  I’ve found that, as strange as it seems, this helps me stay neat, organized, and in turn, less stressed throughout the year.  Invest in visually pleasing notebooks, nice gel pens and highlighters, and a stylish, practical pencil bag if you can - you’ll thank me later when everyone is marveling at your flawless chemistry notes.  


2. Look Your Best - or, better yet, look the way you feel most comfortable and confident.  Maybe get a nice haircut and buy a couple of outfits you love.  School is so much better when you can walk the halls like you own them.  If you need to, set aside a little extra time in the morning to get ready. I find I perform my best when I show up to school feeling fresh and looking my best.  Maybe even set out your outfit the night before for less rushing in the morning.


3. Fuel Up - it’s hard to feel and perform your best on an empty stomach.  Eat a nice, filling, satisfying breakfast in the morning instead of showing up to school on empty, and I guarantee you’ll be more focused and energized.  Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated.  If possible, bring a water bottle and keep it filled throughout the day so you don’t become dehydrated, something that happens all too often during school.  Snacks and lunch will also do wonders for your mental and physical performance in and out of school.


4. Study - There is a surprising amount of people who don’t study.  It may not be fun, but it will help ease the stress of tests and homework because you’ll know the information.  Take notes, make flashcards, and get creative.  Study alone and in groups to mix it up a bit and make it more interesting.  Remember all of your cool supplies?  Put them to the test (pun unintended) and use them to enhance your studying.  Don’t forget to change up the scenery, too.  Study in your bedroom, in the park, at a coffee shop… the possibilities are endless.  A change of scenery when you’re studying will not only help the information sink in more, but it will get you out of the house and into some fresh air - something that is especially important during the school year.


5. Finally, take care of yourself.  Work hard, but don’t over do it.  Take good care of your hygiene and try your best to get a decent amount of sleep.  Eat well and stay hydrated, and make sure you’re still making time to do the things you enjoy rather than overloading yourself with school, work, and any other responsibilities you may have.  This would be a great time to take up a new hobby as a distraction from the stressors that come with being a student.  Maybe learn a new instrument, take a karate class, or learn how to solve a speed Cube!  Most importantly, listen to your body and mind and do what you need to do to be happy and healthy.  

Now go ROCK this school year!

Published by Whitney Morgan