Hi guys! Unfortunately, it has came back to that time of year when everyone puts away their lilos and tanning oil and brings back out the stationary and notebooks. Yes, it's time to go back to school. I'm starting my first year of sixth form on Monday 8th September and if I'm honest, I'm quite looking forward to it. I've had almost 3 months off of school as I went on study leave after I had finished my exams, and I've been so bored these past couple of weeks that I can't wait to get back into a daily routine.
I know a lot of you reading this will be either starting a new school, going into a new year or going to Uni/college etc. The thought of it is probably very daunting for you I imagine, but fear not; I have some tips that are (hopefully) going to be useful.
1. Remember that you're not the only person in your current situation.
I can guarantee you that if you're starting a new school or a new era of your school life then you aren't the only person. If you see somebody else helplessly looking around looking terrified and lost, go up to them and introduce yourself. I know this is easier said than done, but 99% of the time they will be in the same position as you and will be looking for a friendly face.
2. Don't panic.
This may be difficult to start off with, but I can assure you it won't be as bad as you think it will be. You will eventually fall into place and fit right in, just give it time. So what, you have to get up a couple of hours earlier? Everyday that you get out of bed and into the open world you will learn something new in your life, and it will benefit you a lot.
3. Make friends.
A lot of people say that you make your best friends when you're in school, and I agree. Going into sixth form has meant that I won't see a lot of my friends whom I've practically grown up with as they are going off to college or an apprenticeship. I mean don't get me wrong, I still have a lot of my friends who are staying at sixth form too, but going separate ways with friends makes you realise that making friends is key whilst in school. You see that lonely person sitting by themselves? Go and invite them over to have lunch with you, or go and talk to them. You might gain yourself a long-time friend and make their day better by just going over to say hi.
When you're in class after having six or more weeks off, it can be a little difficult to regain the concentration that you had before you left. Unfortunately, to pass tests and exams you're going to need to pay atleast some attention to what comes out of your teachers mouths, whether you like it or not. It's going to make your life a whole lot easier when you come to sitting your exams when you actually know what the exam paper is asking you for, believe me.
5. Have fun.
I understand that school might not scream 'fun' to you. However, when I was in school I got to make memories with my friends every single day and I actually had a lot of fun. I know the typical vibe that school projects to you is 'work, work, work!', but having a balance of work and fun can make school a WHOLE lot easier. Spend your break and lunchtime with friends and relax before you're next lesson, it makes the day go by quicker and easier.
So those are my 5 tips for going back to school, I really hoped they helped. Remember, school is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. Looking back over my last couple of years in high school/secondary school, I've came to realise that this is very true. I've made a lot of friends over the years and I'm so grateful for them, I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.