Back To School Survival Guide
By Kaitlyn B.
Summer is a time where nothing really matters. You can lay in the sunshine for hours, even days on end. You can sleep in as late as you want and stay up as late as you’d like, or not go to sleep at all. Throughout those few months of freedom, everyone is dreading what’s to come. School.
To the dismay of many students, another school year has begun.
School can be great, but of course it’s difficult to enjoy right when summer ends. Everytime you get a new assignment, everytime you hear your 6:00 am alarm blare, you remember the lack of priorities you had through June, July, and August. It may be hard to cope with, since everything is suddenly changing, but you can do it.
One of the most important things you need to remember when returning to school is that it happens. At some point, you’ll be back, but there are a few things you can do to make these next few days a bit more bearable. Since school is creeping up fast, most people want to spend their final few days with their friends. The most important thing is to finish your work, because we all want to soak up the final hours of summer while they last.
Emily B. a junior, says, “I made sure to finish my summer reading early so I could have the last week of summer to myself. During the last week, I spent lots of time with my friends at the beach or driving around town.” Emily says, “It’s so important to get your work done because some of my best Summer memories couldn’t have happened unless I finished things. The last night was the best too. I got to sit on the beach and watch the sunset without any stress since I knew I was all prepared to go back, even though I didn’t want to.”
Next, get organized. Whether you’re the type of person to leave all your summer work to the day before school, or someone who gets it done in a timely manner, organization will help you out here. You can start with something easy, like putting away the clothes that have been sitting on your bed, or just cleaning your room a bit.
It really does help. Once you get organized you’ll feel much more prepared to get that work done. If you’re one of the lucky ones who didn’t procrastinate, relaxing in your clean room will be much more satisfying.
Senior, Jackie H. says “Before school starts I always feel better once I clean my room. I always feel more organized and then I’m more motivated to get things like summer work done.” She says, “When you’re organized and things are clean it’s so much easier to find your backpack or your papers and it’s just generally easier to get your work done and chill.”
After organizing your room or whatever else you need cleaned up, it’s important you organize your sleep schedule. Everyone’s hours of sleep change dramatically every Summer.
It’s important to work on getting back into a regular sleep schedule, since sleeping from 2:00 am until noon won’t cut it on school nights.
One of the best ways to do this is simply go to bed earlier for a couple days leading up to school. Maybe instead of sleeping at 3:00 am, try 1:00, then 12:00 the next day. If you go to sleep sooner, your internal body clock will wake you up in the morning when it needs to.
Olivia G., a senior, said, “On the days before school starts I go to bed earlier so I can get used to having to wake up early, since I usually sleep in super late. I can’t do that once school starts since I need to be up by 6:50 am.”
After you’ve fixed your sleep schedule and it’s the day before school, relax. Do some yoga, meditate, take a shower, or do whatever calms you down. Taking the day before school for you is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Once you’ve accepted the fact that school is starting, you just need to do your best to enjoy it. It isn’t so bad once you get back in the swing of things. Good luck!