Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Basics

How to Be Prepared for the First Bell

By Sofia Caballero, Volunteer Contributor

The Red Cross stresses preparedness not just for emergencies, but also in everyday life. Are you ready for your return to school? High schoolers, here are some tips for your transition into the new semester.

Before Your First Day

Make sure you know your schedule well before you walk in. When you know where you're going, it'll be easier to focus on the information you're getting from your teachers. Find a map of your school and plan out the routes from class-to-class ahead of time. If you're freshman, go to your orientation. It'll give you an edge if you know where all your classes are and it's a good idea to meet your teachers. 

When packing for your first day back, make a list of everything you need. If you know what supplies your teachers want, make sure you've bought them. Even if you don't know what you need, take some pens and a folder or binder. You'll get forms and syllabi, and it's wise to start organizing everything on day one. 

Unless you want a poor grade and a dirty look from your teacher, do not forget your summer assignments! It seems like a lot to remember, but all of this will help you start off your year on a good note.

The First Day of the Year

Now that you're prepared, actually going back will be easy. A good impression is not difficult to make, but can be important. Having a good relationship with your teachers may help you later on. To ensure you come across as a good student, get to class on time, introduce yourself, and turn in your homework. Taking simple steps like these can make a big difference by the end of the year. 

If there are student you don't yet know, talk to them. It's always better to have friends in your classes. The first day is a good way to ease back into routine. Don't stress about it and it will be easy.

After the First Day

You've only just started! Now, you've got a long year ahead of you. Two words of advice: DON'T PANIC. Maintain a routine schedule for getting homework done, playing sports, and spending free time. If this is difficult for you, take it in steps. Once you master getting homework done on time, add a sport or club. Check what extracurricular programs your school offers. Try to find clubs that can benefit you, but still pertain to your interests. 

Don't forget to make time for volunteer work (which can always be found at the Red Cross). Take advantage of all the programs you have access to. 

Finally, and most importantly, enjoy yourself! Don't worry so much about school that it overwhelms you. Take each day like you did the first and you'll be fine. After all, it's all about being prepared.

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