There are lots of things to do if you want to ensure a great first day at school. Getting the right supplies, enough rest, and adopting a good attitude will all work towards making sure your first day runs as smoothly as it can.
To start the school year off right and make the transition easier, follow these ten tips!
1. Wake up bright and early. If you’ve given yourself a proper night of rest, this shouldn’t be a problem at all. Set your alarm to give yourself at least an hour to get ready. Drink a fresh glass of cold water. After sleeping for 8 hours, your body will be in need of hydrating, and drinking cold water will give your body a jolt of energy to get you through your morning.
2. Get ready for your day. Have a nice, long shower. Make sure you’re clean and look reasonably well-kept. After your shower, put on the outfit you chose the night before. If you decide at the last minute you want a different outfit, you can open your drawers and try something new. Just make sure to watch the clock; you want to give yourself ample time to eat breakfast, and you don’t want to risk being late for your first day!
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3. Eat a full, nutritious breakfast. There’s no underrating what a strong, healthy breakfast can do for the rest of your day. Make sure you incorporate some fruits and vegetables into your breakfast, as they’ll be the things that give you energy. Sugary cereals are okay, so long as they’re only part of the overall breakfast.
•If you’re feeling groggy, coffee helps in a pinch. Be sure not to drink too much, however, as an overdose of caffeine will leave you with anxiety and headaches.
4. Get to school at least fifteen minutes early. The quickest thing that can hurt your first day is being stressed out over being late. To make sure that doesn’t happen, aim to be at school at least fifteen minutes before your first class. This will give you time to find out where your classes are, and you might even spark a conversation with a new friend. Some schools don’t count being late for the first week of school.
5. Make sure you prepare for each class. Find your class and get there. Once you sit down, be sure to bring out all of the materials you’re going to need for the period. If the teacher hasn’t said anything so far, a notebook and pencil should do just fine. While you’re waiting for the period to start, you can take the opportunity to get to know the classmates around you. Chances are they’re feeling some anxiety as well, so getting to know each other may prove to be mutually beneficial.
6. Actively participate in the class. Ask questions. Be an integral part of the period. The most important thing you’ll want to accomplish with your first day is making a precedent for future great days at school. This includes fostering connections with teachers and classmates, asking questions if you have any, and keeping good notes.
•It’s a good idea to keep each course’s syllabus safe in your binder. There will be times later on in the year where you’ll undoubtedly need to reference them. Keep them somewhere you can easily find them, so you can save yourself the embarrassment of having to ask for them again!
7. Open yourself to making new friends. Everyone is technically there to learn, but school is an amazing place to meet friends. Some of the friends you meet at school, you might end up having for the rest of your life. No time’s better for meeting people than your first day, so come into the classroom with a smile, and don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with other classmates.
•If you have social anxiety, being extra brave on your first day and making friends is a good way to help break out of your shyness. You’ll soon find the vast majority of the people around you are potential friends you haven’t bothered talking to yet!
8. Look up different clubs and sports teams you might be interested in joining. School clubs tend to start early in the year, so it’s a good idea to look around at billboards. Most schools have lots of great clubs, and no matter what your interests are, you’ll find at least a few are catered to an interest of yours? Do you love music? Join the school choir or guitar club. Do you love the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Lars von Trier? The school’s film club might be perfect for you. Clubs are a great way to nurture interests you already have, and a perfect outlet to meet people operating on a similar wavelength.
•If you’re really interested in something there isn’t already a club for, you might want to start a school club yourself!
9. Try to enjoy yourself. While it may sound like too much to handle at once, you should remember that the first day at school should ultimately be a fun experience. You are surrounding yourself with people you’ll be spending much of the next year with, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have fun spending time with them. Learn to overcome the anxieties you’re feeling, and remember to wear your best smile throughout the day.
10. Be sure to unwind once you get home. There’s nothing like finally coming home after your first day at school. Your first day will feel strangely long compared to other days, largely because of how many different things and people you’ll have been exposed to at once. Make sure to treat yourself. Snuggle up and watch your favourite film. Better yet, ask a friend you met earlier that day to hang out and do something together. Relax and feel good; you’ve made a great start to what should be an amazing year.