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The summer has ended and my kids start school today, and it will be their first time enrolled in school since we came back to the UAE. I am nervous, but at the same time I am excited for them. I wonder how they are going to be, will the learning environment be fun for them, will they fit in and make friends, will they like their teachers, or more importantly will their teachers like them!

Having just graduated from university a couple of months ago I thought I would share some of the things that helped me cope with the stress and challenges that came during my journey in school. More importantly the points I am going to talk about made going back to school much more fun, and the learning much more meaningful. I hope you find them helpful too, so here goes.

Manage Your Time

Don’t wait until the last minute to do things. I have always found it easier to get studying or an assignment out of the way and then enjoy my free time knowing everything is done. Plus I remember it feeling pretty awesome to be walking out to see your friends, and your mom or dad ask if you have finished your homework, then you say “Yup” with a big smile on your face.

If You Don’t Know Something Just Ask 

Don’t be afraid if you don’t know something, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. For me it has always been numbers, they still scare me till today, but I always make sure to ask right away when I don’t understand something. Don’t tell yourself you will study later and hope it will make sense; it’s not worth it. There is nothing worse than realizing the day before the exams that you just don’t get it. If you don’t understand something ask, not later, now, then work more on it when you get home so it sticks. 

Work Hard

Whatever you want in life there is nothing in the world that can replace hard work. If want an A in class you have to work hard, if you want to get into a good university you have to work hard, but more importantly if you want to be proud of yourself you have to work hard. Never let lack of hard work be the reason you fall behind or don’t get what you want, you owe it to yourself to be the very best you can be, no regrets.

Celebrate Your Achievements

Celebrate when you do well in school, no matter how big or small you think it is. Whenever I finished a hard assignment I would watch my favorite show on TV and order my favorite pizza, it was how congratulated myself for finishing the work. If you did well on a test or an assignment, reward yourself for it. Go out to the arcade with friends, have your favorite meal, ask your parents for a little extra pocket money, sorry Mom and Dad but they earned it J. Plus knowing that you are going to celebrate when you are bored studying, or tired doing an assignment, keeps you motivated and energized to keep going.

Have Lunch With New People

We all have a group of friends we like to chill with, and spend every moment of free time with, but don’t that limit you from meeting new people. Try to regularly have lunch or a snack with someone you don’t talk too that much in school or on the weekends. You never know who you might get along with, what you might learn from their experiences, and all the new friends you might make along the way.

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Yourself

You are awesome. There is something about you that is different from every other person in school, something unique, something special; you must bring that to the world. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions in class you think are different even if it feels weird. A lot of movies and people make it seem that the most important thing to be in school is popular, but what’s the point if it doesn’t make you happy. Be yourself, do the things you love, wear the things you want, listen to the music you think is cool, and the right people will find their way into you life. Don’t try too hard to fit in when you were born to stand out, that is how leaders are made.

Never Give Up

Times can get really hard in school with exams and assignments becoming difficult, getting in trouble with a teacher, or having an argument with friends. When I first went back to University two years ago I felt like I was constantly struggling, not fitting in, and often felt like giving up. Whenever you feel like that remember you have family that love you and want you to succeed, teachers that care about your development, and friends that support you. Reach out to them if you need help, and you will never have to go through hardships alone. Believe in yourself, tell yourself you are going to make it, and you will always find away. Remember, don’t give up, and keep moving forward.

In school you make friends for life, learn new things everyday, go on adventures, and create memories that will last forever. These are precious moments that set the foundation for the awesome person you become tomorrow, make them count, and be awesome today!

Good luck!!