Entering high school or college for the first time can be pretty daunting! There’s so many new people around you, so many new subjects and courses to take, and so many challenges to overcome. For a lot of us, it’s a time of great change.
But don’t let the new school year get you down! Here are some tips to help you have a smooth start as a high school or college student:
1. Learn Your Way Around
The last thing you want is to rush off to class in the morning, only to find that you’re in the wrong building or on the wrong side of campus. Go to the high school or college a few weeks in advance, and spend a day or two walking around the campus and learning locations. It can save you a lot of embarrassment and problems!
2. Study the Rules
Every high school and college has its own set of rules on fraternization, what you do with your free time, substances allowed on campus, and so on. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules--it will help you stay out of trouble.
3. Get Your Student ID Early
You should head to school a few days before classes start, not only to learn the campus, but also to get your student ID set up. You’ll have so much to do on the first day of classes that you won’t have time to spend in the Administration Office.
4. Order the Textbooks Ahead of Time
If you buy the textbooks at the school bookstore, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars for a book you’ll discard after six months. Get a list of all the textbooks you need, and spend time shopping around for used books. Much cheaper that way!
5. Post Your Class Schedule
Have the class schedule in a visible place, as it will make it much easier for you to stay on top of all your lessons for the day!
6. Get to Know Your Roomie
If you’re bunking with someone else, it’s worth taking them out for a drink (if you’re over 21) or a bite to eat. You’re going to be living with them for a few years, so it’s definitely a good idea to get to know them beforehand.
7. Develop a Time Management System
You know how much time you have to spend in classes, as well as a rough idea of how much time you’ll need for homework and assignments. Make sure that you organize your free time so that you can get everything done BEFORE you take down time.
8. Find Out Who to Ask for Help
If you’re struggling with a subject, you’ll need to get help from a tutor, a fellow student, or from the teacher. Find out what student tutors are available in the school, as well as what the teachers’ office hours are. It’s always good to ask for help when you need it.
9. Look Into Recreation
All work and no play makes you a dull boy/girl! You need to find the places--both on and off-campus--where your fellow students hang out, and what they do for fun. Take a tour of the area immediately around your campus to see what activities are available.
10. Find Activities to Join
Sports teams, social clubs, political clubs, environmental groups, and other extra-curricular activities can make your time at high school or college much more pleasant. Spend some time before school starts looking into the various activities on campus to see which you can be a part of.
Follow these tips, and you’ll hit the ground running for a great start to a new school year!
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