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You probably won't believe me, but I loved going to school!! I really did! I tried to make my love of school sound cool though - "Oh I love going to school cause I get to see my friends every day" or "I hate some classes, but art and craft is fun to do, that's why I like to go to school . . . sometimes."
But the truth of it . . .
is this . . .
I LOVED TO LEARN.
It's true! I loved learning, I loved learning new facts, thinking of new ideas, reading new books, and hearing about historical events. I loved doing art, I also liked cooking, and tech drawing, and sports, and learning french. I loved to learn.
Now, I know that we are coming up to a new school year, and I know that many of you are probably freaking out right about now? Am I right? You have had an awesome school holidays, you've been enjoying the hot summer, going to the beach, eating ice creams, learning knew tricks on your skateboard, or just hanging around the park with your friends. BUT
its is back to school time, and the fact that your time will now be structured, filled with teachers, and books, and chalk boards, and desks, and pens, terrifies you. It shouldn't though . . . nope . . .
this is a chance to grab life by the lapels (or hoodie zipper) and get as much out of the fantastic opportunity that you can.
So don't approach school with apprehension, but with a view of unknown anticipation - something great could happen this academic year, it's entirely up to you!!
But I want to help you out a bit, and I have flipped back through my memory to come up with some applicable tips to get your school year off to the best start ever! A start that will set you up for the rest of the year - whether your academic or not! So no more excuses peeps, just run full ball at the chance to learn and see what you get out of it by the end . . . could end up being more cool then you could ever imagine.
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So here are my tips to help make the new academic year go a little smoother for you . . . and this isn't just for you students, this is great stuff for you teachers out there as well!
1. LOOK FORWARD TO THE YEAR - I know your probably thinking WHAT!!!! How can I look forward to school??? Well, it's all about attitude really, if you start the school year from the position of "this sux,' 'I hate this,' I would rather be somewhere else,' then that's how your whole year is going to be, it will suck, you will hate it, and you probably will end up being somewhere else . . . somewhere like detention, or bad grades, or no respect from the teachers. So start the year with an attitude check, are you feeling positive about the year? Are you looking forward to the process of learning? Are you looking forward to the actual act of learning? If you enter the school year in a positive frame of mind, then even when the disagreeable stuff happens, then you can deal generally deal with it.
2. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING - It's hard when your a teenager (or a tweenster) and you feel that you know what is cool and not cool, what is good and not so good. I hate to break it to your though, you actually don't know everything . . . but to let you in on a little secret . . . neither do I, or your teachers, or your parents, or your friends. In fact what we don't know is a greater amount then what we do!! BUT, if you cultivate a desire for knowledge, expand your curiosity towards the world, then you will grow, your will learn, and you will collaborate. School is a collaboration, so listen to others - your teachers as well as your peers - and give back with your own unique knowledge. By the end of the year you'll know double then what you started with!
3. TRY AND BE ORGANISED - Organisation is one of the toughest things that anyone has to do . . . unless your one of THOSE peeps, you know who you are, you always have ten back up pens for an exam, and your never late handing in an assignment!! But for those of us who are not blessed with your skills (including me) organising your life can be hard work. However, what I have learnt over the years, if you can be organised at the start of a learning experience (whether school, technical college, or university) then the rest of the year is a hell of a lot easier. SO, how to be organised?? Firstly what is it that you want to achieve this new academic year? Write it down, and then plan out from that. Secondly, keep a diary and make sure you do write everything into it, important assignment dates, exam dates, school holidays, days out with friends, EVERYTHING!! AND check it at least once a week so your know what is coming up. Thirdly, make yourself accountable for your actions, tell your friends, family, teachers what you want to achieve . . . you've told them, so now you will really let yourself down if you don't follow through.
4. LIFE BALANCE - You know what life balance is right? Right?? Nooooo, it's not going to school then spending the afternoon goofing off with your mates down at the park, it's not partying all weekend and then turning up to school on monday bleary eyed and tired, and it's not playing football everyday whilst your homework sits on your desk days late!! It is about all of these things . . . in moderation. So, look at your goals, decide what is important and what is not as important, and balance your life out accordingly. So you love to shop? Well, go to school, do your homework, go to your part time job, spend meal times with your family, and shop every saturday!! You like to play basketball every afternoon after school (AND you want to be a basketball player when you grow up!), so, go to school, go to basketball practice, eat dinner at home, then do your homework . . . and on the weekends hang our with your friends! Do what suits you, BUT make sure nothing is being neglected and that there are many things that make you happy happening in your life.
5. MAINTAIN GREAT HEALTH - Always, ALWAYS find time in your organising/lifebalance for health - both physical and mental. For those who already exercise well done you! For those who don't, even if it's not really your thing, find at least one exercise that does speak to you on the simplest level. SO, if your not into football and basketball, try walking or yoga, just find something that you can do a few times a week that gets your blood pumping and your thoughts de-stressed. Also think about your diet, what foods do you or do not eat? Just as you need life balance, you also need food balance . . . so no more KFC every afternoon after school, why don't you try baking something for yourself? Or eating some of that fruit your parents buy week in and week out that never seems to be eaten? It's okay to have a treat once or twice a week, but try to make fresh fruit and veg the staple of your diet . . . trust me when I say your energy levels will peak through the roof and your sport/exercise will seem easy-peasy with the right fuel.
6. DON''T BE AFRAID - . . . to ask for help of course! I know, I know, we apparently should always hold onto our bravado, our mask, and pretend that we know it all and that we don't need help cause we're THAT AWESOME already!! But, even though we are all awesome already, we can become even more awesome if we pluck up the courage to ask for the help that we need. When I was at university, my first year was scattered with passes and credits, by the time I reached my third year I was averaging distinctions, with quite a few high distinctions as well. There was no magic or trick to getting my grades up! It was purely down to the fact that I asked my lecturers how I could improve . . . I asked the right questions, I got BRAVE!
7. SUPPORT EACH OTHER - This one is about recognising that we are all in the same boat, that we all are having to deal with exams, and mean teachers (AND nice teachers too!!), bad days, bullies, etc. Once we recognise that we are all in the same boat, don't rebel and push against each other, don't feel you still have to go through all the c#@p alone - be there for each other, be a shoulder to lean on, a listening ear, a hug (or a bro-hug . . . you know, a hug of the manly kind). Support each other, hold each other up, inspire and motivate each other, say nice things to each other, congratulate each other on your achievements, help others achieve, just, basically be NICE to each other!! I believe in Karma folks, what goes around comes around, so be nice, be supportive, and you will get it back ten-fold!
Soooooooo, that is all I could really fit into this blog post (don't want to overwhelm you with tips!! Sometimes too many tips can be as bad as no tips at all!). However my studenty friends, if you would like anymore tips please feel free to leave a comment about what you would like tips about and I'll get right back to you!
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright