Welcoming the School Year


Alumni Camille McNairy discussing deadlines with yearbook editors the previous 17-18 school year. Photo by Morgan Costner

Alexus Cleavenger

As another summer passes by,  the endless nights and fun in the sun slowly begin to wind down.  The time of year that every student dreads has once again creeped up on us. It’s time to hit the books and start another climb up the stairway of success. Getting ready for a new school year can be quite stressful and teeming of emotions, but with the proper planning, the transition from summer to school can be a breeze.

  • Stock up on supplies

Gathering supplies you need for your classes beforehand can make it easy to adjust to new classroom settings. You can never have too many supplies, so purchasing extra supplies is helpful for not only you, but the teacher as well. Teachers are always grateful to receive extra supplies for their classrooms such as paper, pencils, and pens.

  • Refresh your Brain

During the summer time, most students have the thought of school farthest from their minds. Generally, students forget what they learned the previous school year as it goes in one ear and out the other. So, if you don’t want to feel lost when the teachers begin their lectures on the first day of school, reviewing some material you learned last year can help your brain prepare for the lessons you will be taught.

  • Unwind and recharge

Before you start to cram all sorts of information inside your brain and stress yourself out, you should try to ease back into it. Although summer can be a time of relaxation and free time, sooner or later it has to come to an end. The best way to recharge prior to the new school year is to take a day to yourself. The night before the first day of school is a perfect way to rest up and get to bed early, that way in the morning you are fresh and ready for the school year to begin.

  • Positivity is key

Going into a new school year can be nerve-wracking and sometimes difficult after some time off. Students minds usually tend to still be in sleep mode and the thought of school can bring frustration. The best thing you can do to welcome a new school year is to have a positive attitude and carry it out until the end of the year. Being optimistic and spreading positivity does not only affect yourself, but those around you.

  • Set goals

Before the school year begins, try to acknowledge what goals you want to accomplish by the end of the year. Setting goals is a great way to keep you motivated and help you finish out the year strong. For the most success, make sure you set goals that are achievable and specific.

No matter what the new school year brings, you should remember that you create your own future. Preparing for a new beginning can be hectic, but by using these helpful tips, you will be sailing smoothly into the new school year.