1. Make Friends
Hate to break it to you, but high school is nothing like High School Musical (I mean, unless you're in the drama club). No matter how much you (or your teachers) want to believe it, you are not all in this together. Sure, you might have school spirit, but not everyone is going to love school as much as you, unless you're a Wildcat.
I believe that making friends is a really good way to have a positive attitude about coming to school. It's always easier to make it through the day when you have someone or something to look forward to.
The idea of making friends is a daunting one that scares teens and adults alike. The fear of rejection is strong with everyone, like The Force. A way that I get over that fear of rejection is just to bite the bullet. If I have a question for someone, or just want to compliment them, I'll just do it. I guarantee that the person will be just as glad that you asked them and started a conversation with them instead of not saying anything. And you will feel a lot better that you just did it. Take a leap of faith, but be a little cautious about how many leaps you're taking.
2. Notes, Notes, Notes
I cannot stress this enough: take notes. What helps me through all of my classes is taking notes, upon notes, upon notes. It's better to have lots of notes instead of only a few when it comes test and finals time. When taking notes, listen to key phrases that your teacher says such as:
- This will be on the test
- This is important
- Make sure to take notes on...
3. Cute School Supplies
Okay guys trust me on this; having cute notebooks, pencils, binders, etc. can do wonders to improve your day. Even if you have a plain-jane notebook, you can decorate it with stickers and photos. Pinterest, Tumblr, I Heart It, and Youtube have many ideas and tutorials on how to create cute school supplies. It's a pick-me-up throughout the day to see something that's eye-pleasing that can lift your mood.
Now I know that this is a very hard thing to do, but making sure that you are getting enough sleep plays an important role in your academic learning. If you have to wake up early in the morning, set a time to stop doing your homework and go to bed. It is important to be well rested for the next day.
If you do have to wake up extra early, drink water before grabbing the coffee first. I find that I feel better throughout the day by starting my day off with cold water instead of coffee. Coffee tends to make me feel tired and sluggish throughout the rest of the day (ik weird right), so I stick to water first, coffee second. Like taking a cold shower and wrapping myself in a warm sweater.
So basically, I cannot survive without music. I listen to it whenever I can. I find it easier for me to get those creative juices flowing for my writing classes and when I have to write essays or papers. For Math and Science classes, I tend to listen to movie scores or other songs that don't have lyrics because I tend to get distracted ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ A great artist I LOVE to listen to is Adam Young, who is also known as Owl City. He has released eight musical scores, each based on an important part of history. My favorite scores are Apollo 11 and RMS Titanic. You can also each score for free, and I mean, c'mon what's better than free?
So that's it for today! If you have any more ideas on how to survive school, leave them in the comments below. I'll also leave the link to Adam Young if you want to check him out.
Until next time, don't forget to keep being strange.
Over and out,
The Strange Comet
Adam Young Scores: http://www.ayoungscores.com/