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Summer Break may be over but that does not mean the fun stops here! Now that everyone is back to school, we tend to focus on showing off the latest fashion and outfits, reuniting with friends, and sharing AWESOME summer stories. This may seem like the perfect time to get reacquainted by spending time together whether at the pool, pajama parties, or meeting up at the movies.

However, it’s important that you keep in mind the reason you are in school and to prepare for the school year ahead. Here are 5 tips you should keep in mind when navigating your focus on back to school and maintaining the fun:

  1. Get to know your teacher. Talk to them personally by sharing summer pictures, stories, or even give them a Welcome Back gift. Ask how many children they have, what hobbies do they enjoy, and may even ask for advice to survive the new school year.
  2. Get involved in and out of school. Join a new organization, do community service, or find a new hobby to participate in.
  3. Set a routine. Get in the habit of coming home every day and looking in your agenda. Write things down for you to remember or do when you get home.
  4. Schedule time for self-care. School can be overwhelming! Make sure you know what relaxes you. It may be drawing, playing an instrument, reading a book, writing in a journal, listening to music, etc.
  5. Remind yourself of your goals for your school life and your personal life. Have sticky notes, set reminders in your phone, or write them down in your agenda. It is important that you work towards something you want to do in the future and will help you grow as an individual and person in our society. Every opportunity is a learning opportunity and it is important to realize there is a time and season for everything. There’s nothing new under the sun! Although summer may come and go, education will take you far. Who’s too cool for school? No one because the A/C is on when you get there 😉

Ayana Crawford is a recent graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and majored in Psychology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. She currently blogs about her passions: race and women issues. You can check her out at empoweringforthefuture.blogspot.com.

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