September is well underway which can only mean one thing: that’s right, school is back in session (stop making that sad face).
Oh yes, the time of year where you pull your dusty backpack out of your closet, buy some new clothes to look fresh on your first day, and hope that you have an easier schedule than last year. PLUS, you can’t forget to complain every couple of hours and make sure to reflect on how much better summer was compared to your coming school year. Sound about right?
If you’ve never read this blog before or have just forgot the usual contents after a summer hiatus (which is definitely my fault, so I apologize), you know what’s coming. Ready? Let’s do this.
Could you decide to think that way? Sure, if you want to have a mediocre year. Want to switch things up and completely ROCK OUT in your school for the next 9 months? If you do, I would love to help make it happen. =]
I get it. You probably got to sleep in this summer. Maybe you spent some time out in the sun with friends. If you went on a family trip or two, that’s fantastic! I would love for you to drop me a line and tell me how it went.
Here’s something you DIDN’T have this summer though: the chance to be surrounded by hundreds of your peers every day. What’s more? You have the chance to help those students before next summer. With that being said, here are a few things to help you completely crush it this school year:
1. Bring it back to May—Remember what you had to say this spring as finals were wrapping up? Things like “next year is going to be different.” “Next year I’ll finally be able to _______.” “Next fall will be amazing!” Start thinking of the few things that you specifically wanted to accomplish this year. Whether it’s getting better grades, making that sports team you’ve been training for, or raising your level of self esteem and confidence, bring your focus back on the few big goals you set for yourself. By refocusing that drive on what is most important to you, you can make this school year truly memorable.
2. Like what you dislike- We all have things in our schools which we are unsatisfied with. Whether it’s our level of school spirit, a lack of caring for standardized testing, or another issue, there are always things that can be improved on. Find one thing within your school that you are generally unsatisfied with. How can you work to fix this issue? Are there others who feel the same way? If so, begin thinking of ways to collaborate and improve these aspects of your campus.
3. Be inclusive- know that there are younger students that are JUST getting used to the ins and outs of your campus. Regardless of how you choose to serve your fellow students this year, try to think of ways to include everyone. Also, gaining insight from younger students brings a fresh dynamic to any group.
4. Ask for help- Teachers at your school aren’t just there to help you with your homework. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of staff members that would love to help you with your project. Have something huge in mind? Reach out to those around you. Activities directors, English teachers, even those in the administration office are there to serve you. By working with everyone on your campus, you can create something HUGE that everyone can benefit from.
Going back to school can be a downer for anyone if you decide to think negatively. Instead, let’s plan on starting this year with a drive and enthusiasm to make things better.
***Have questions about your project! Drop me a line at Scott@ScottBackovich.com or as a question on my official youth speaker site***