New Year, New Me: 5 Ways to Have a Successful School Year


These five tips should help you present your best self this school year. First tip? Use a planner!

Marlena Carrillo, Managing Editor

It’s that time of year again. School is in session, and for many students this is the time to drown in the first semester blues. But fear not! The beginning of the school year doesn’t have to be filled with doom and gloom. Instead, set yourself up for greatness this year to make your time at school that much easier. Here are five tips to give your year a successful start.


  • Buy a planner.

One of the most frustrating parts of the school year is juggling overwhelming amounts of tasks and assignments, including things like schoolwork and sports. Purchase a cute agenda that you can personalize and use to remain organized and keep track of even the most hectic of lifestyles.


  • Get some sleep.

As impossible as it can be to keep up with your schedule and have time to rest, there’s nothing worse than skimping on your full eight hours. Get your work done early, so you have time to catch some Z’s and wake up refreshed and ready to seize the day.


  • Make friends.

Having a good support system and a group of people you like and trust can really help you get through the day. Keep in touch with your old pals and reach out to make new ones, so that you can surround yourself with the kind of people you’ll want to be seeing every day.


  • Don’t procrastinate!

A teenager’s biggest weakness is definitely their ability to do everything at the last minute. Break the cycle this year by encouraging yourself to complete your assignments as soon as possible, so you have more time to chill and less time to stress.


  • Relax.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of a busy school year, but don’t forget to take a break every once in awhile. Take a few moments to sit back, breathe deeply, and remember that you got this, all year long.

Let’s all work together to put an end to the post-summer dread. Follow these tips and start yourself a successful 2017-2018 school year!