7 Helpful Tips To Remember When Entering Any New School Year

7 Helpful Tips To Remember When Entering Any New School Year

The unknown is the driving force in today's society, whether you are the type of person to rush into it blindly or shy away quickly.


As August slowly begins to creep upon us, many start to have a variety of mixed emotions about that dreadful first day of school. Some are excited to see old friends and make new ones, some are nervous about leaving home after three months of relaxation and solitude, and others are just numb to the whole idea in general. Whether you are getting ready for senior year of high school, the first year of college, or the last year, here are just a few thoughts to keep in mind throughout the entirety of this new and upcoming school year ahead of you.

1. Time management is key for survival

Even if all you have to is a thirty page reading assignment not due for another week, if you have the time, get it out of the way. No one wants to be rushing through five different chapters all at the same time only to be rewarded with five different pop quizzes. Make the time early and save the stress of it later.

2. Keep your health in check

There is no reason why you should only be getting two hours of sleep each night or eating one gigantic dinner after not eating all day. Your health is important when it comes to school and the better you feel, the better you will perform.

3. Make time for the things you love

If you manage your time correctly and effectively, there should be a time frame for some "you" time. Whether this means meeting up with friends, watching Netflix, or just relaxing in the comfort of your own room. This time is important in making sure you keep your cool when things get a little rough around the edges.

4. Do not stress about the little things

High school and college are both weird times in everyone's lives. So many things are constantly changing and that can get really overwhelming after awhile. The best thing to do is just focus on you and the path you are on. These things that stress you out now, you won't remember ten years down the line.

5. Get out of your comfort zone, at least once

It's scary, I know! But trust me, trying something you might never have thought of before, might lead to some new friends or a favorite hobby. Give it a chance, and hey, if you don't like it, you never have to do it again.

6. Stop putting others before yourself

Yes, it's a great feeling to help out a friend in need or do good deeds throughout your day. You should continue to do those things unless it starts affecting your mental and physical health. You are not selfish for wanting to take care of yourself, and real friends will understand that.

7. Have fun!

Just like I said before, a new school year is a crazy time that holds a thousand different outcomes and possibilities. As long as you open yourself up to them and let yourself have a great experience, nothing could go wrong.

The new school year has been a scary thought to have since your first day of Kindergarten. The unknown is the driving force in today's society, whether you are the type of person to rush into it blindly or shy away quickly. Just know that as long as you keep yourself strong and healthy, grounded and secure, this next school year you will be at the reins stronger and better than ever.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Spoiler Alert, But Your Passion Doesn't Have To Be Your Career

Just because I don't want to teach as a career doesn't mean that I don't like teaching at all.


In music, there are a lot of career paths you could pursue. You could pursue music education, music performance, music therapy, music industry, etc. Beyond those, there are even more careers that you can break into smaller categories. When I started college, I wanted to be a high school band director. Now, I definitely don't want to be that. (I honestly don't want to continue in music at all, but that's beside the point.) I changed my major to music performance a few years back because I finally realized that I didn't want to teach high school students day in and day out.

I realize now that I was really confused when I got to college. I had the opportunity to be part of a really great marching band program in high school and it sparked my passion for music. I wanted to continue that great high school marching band program for the rest of my life. But at 17, there was no way for me to realize that a degree in music education and a job as a high school band director wouldn't give me the experience that I was searching for.

A job as a high school band director isn't all marching band competitions and trophies. Depending on your placement, marching season can consist of spoon-feeding music lessons to high school students who didn't get the opportunity to have the thorough training that I did. Speaking of marching season, it's just that: A season. In my area, marching season lasts from roughly August to October. After that, it's over. You're doing other things. You're doing the rest of your job.

From October to May, a band director usually focuses on their concert band. I liked concert season, but it didn't give me the same warm, fuzzy feeling that marching season used to. I loved playing my instrument, but there was something about the competition season that got my brain buzzing.

Knowing what I know now, I realized that I wouldn't be nearly as happy for the rest of the academic year if I were to continue down the path I was going. I realized that I shouldn't pursue something that only gave me my passion 30 percent of the time. What would I do with that other 70 percent? I would probably be happy, but it wasn't what I had imagined.

With all that said and a new major, that doesn't mean that I don't like to teach now. I got the opportunity to help out with my former high school's band camp this summer and I was ELATED. I helped the drum majors navigate the ins and outs of leadership in high school and taught them some helpful conducting maneuvers. I was tired from sweating and being outside all day, but on the drive from the high school back home, I was already thinking of new activities for my drum majors to do.

I'm lucky that my career path and major has so many branches and specializations. I'm lucky that they're all so closely related. But even if your career path isn't as closely aligned as mine, you can still do what you love.

You can do what you love without making a career out of it.


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