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How to Prepare For The First Day of School

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Summer’s over, and now it’s time for a new year. This will help you get prepared for the first day of school and save you time in the morning!


  1. Try to get your grade’s proper supply list. If you missed orientation and you need a list, try going to your school’s website to find it. If you can’t, go to staples or your nearest supply store and they might have back to school shopping lists in September. Follow the suggestions below on what to get. It’s better to have most of the supplies instead of none.
  • One spiral or composition notebook for each subject.
  • One Folder, labeled with the classes you’ll need it for such as Math, Reading, Social Studies/History and Science. Get a bring home folder as well for bring home notices or test grades.
  • Pencils most comfortably #2
  • Ball point pens, erasable pens, and red pens
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils
  • One sturdy binder
  • Highlighter and Post-Its
  • A pencil pouch or box
  • Kleenex
  • Computer Paper
  • Binder Paper. Most Schools say College-Ruled, but get any kind you like.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Just because the summer means no school, doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Try to read throughout the summer to keep your mind fresh and, if possible, go over a few notes or subjects that you have trouble with or may have forgotten.
  • Empty out your closet a week before school starts. Try everything on. Get rid if anything you won’t wear/will never wear again, anything that’s outdated or anything that’s too small.
  • Even if you have acne or a few pimples don’t let that stop you skin regime . Cleansers and toners should help even out your skin tone. Clean & Clear and Clinique® have great products.
  • Try to plan the outfitsyou’re going to wear during the first week of school. Doing this will ease the stress of the first day. Try to correctly interpret your school’s dress code and wear an appropriate outfit. Below are some guidelines for things you should buy when you go school clothes shopping to avoid disappointment and a clothes meltdown before school.
    • Have a budget planned. A good suggestion is between $50 and $100, more if your parents like, but that’s not my business.
    • Try to look nice; but be sure to stick with your style. You don’t want to have a fancy outfit for the first day and then show up the next day with a style totally different. That would just be weird. Don’t let anybody tell you exactly what to wear the first day. You’ll probably feel better if you wear your favorite jeans or shorts you love and add a brand new top or a bold accessory. Wear what feels comfortable so you will look and feel confident.
  • Have at least eight to eleven hours of sleep. An average teenager should have and needs a minimum of nine hours of sleep So if you get up at six, you’ll have to go to bed at nine. Not going to happen? Well you want to feel, look and act your best for the first day; and if you’re groggy, irritable and have under-eye circles on the first day, then you should rethink staying up until one in the morning.
  • Try to get to school early if you are carpooled. This way you can reunite with all your friends and not make a bad first impression on your new teachers. If not don’t worry about it. It means you will be taking the bus. Be sure to be early at the bus stop. You wouldn’t want to miss it.
  • Never lie to be popular. It will catch up with you one day. And no one likes a phony.
  • Try to join clubs or do sports. Try clubs that interest you. They are a great way to meet people and develop great friendships with those who share your interests. If you do sports, remember that your behavior and grades affect your position on the team; and health affects your performance. Most schools start sports in 7th grade and higher. You may have to get a medical exam to see if your fit enough to play sports.
  • Dedicate time to your studies. Always study for a test or exam. Never cram. If you are having trouble in a subject, tell your parents and teacher. Your teacher may be able to find a way to help you improve .
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is a proven fact that students who ask more questions are more likely to do better than average.
  • Wash ALL your clothes at least two days before so you have a big choice of clothes to choose from.
  • Know where all your classes are days before school starts. You especially want to know this if you are new to the school. Knowing this will actually make you feel a little better because you won’t look lost trying to figure out where to go.
  • Figure out your transportation for the school year. You’ll need to know this about one to two weeks before hand. Are you riding the bus? Are your parents driving you? Are you driving? Once you figure that out try to focus on other things.
  • Put your best face forward and have fun. This is a day where you can see all of your friends again. Don’t be so stressed you miss out on the fun. A way to help you focus on the positive is to write a “School Year Resolution” thing and jot down your goals and read it at the end of the year and see if you had succeeded. Just remember, don’t over-think every little thing and stress yourself out, just have FUN!
  • All you have to do is be yourself because if you’re acting like someone else then no one will really know who you are. Be confident but not too confident. Just don’t let anyone get the wrong impression of you.



  • Get to school on time.
  • Smile!
  • Respect your teachers.
  • Of course, first impressions can mean a lot. But don’t try to impress people by looks and fake-attitudes. Be real. Everyone is naturally beautiful!
  • If you’re a girl who straightens/curls hair during the school year all the time, take a break during the summer. It will give time to repair any damage done from all the heated styling. Then, you’ll come back to school with “new” hair!
  • Stay clean and neat.
  • Be friendly.
  • Don’t do drugs or drink. Even though people think it’s cool.
  • Some teens tend to eat unhealthier during the summer because, well, it’s summer! In the weeks leading up the school, try to eat healthier (fruits, veggies, less poptarts ‘wink’ ‘wink’) So you can get in the habit and get your body and skin feeling better for the first day!
  • Attend things like clubs, sports, games and dances.
  • Be yourself.
  • Remember, you are who you are and don’t let someone rob you of your style, personality, or dignity.
  • Try to keep money left over from back-to-school shopping and summer activities at hand, as well. With all the school-related stress again, you might want to hang somewhere with friends ($), buy some treats ($), or splurge ($$$) to remind of the good old days of summer.
  • When you make friends make sure they can trust you; no one likes a liar.
  • If you are new, make friends on the first day so you have a crowd to hang out with.
  • Connecting with old friends who’ve you lost touch with over the summer or those who you haven’t seen you due to vacations or camp will really boost your confidence. Even if you don’t have classes with them hopefully you’ll have the same lunch period to talk with them or plan a girls (or boys) night out every week.
  • Never lie to friends. They will eventually find out.
  • Even if your first day doesn’t go perfectly, just take a deep breath and relax…tomorrow’s another day!
  • Doing your work is important! Never miss a single day of homework just because you got lazy.
  • Don’t make fun of someone on the first day. The rest of the year you’ll be known as the bully. And no one likes a bully.
  • Don’t forget to wash your clothes a few days before so you have a choice of what to wear on the first day.
  • Just remember school isn’t your enemy.


  • Do not be late on the first day.
  • Do not come to school with just a pencil, that will make a bad impression on teachers.
  • Do not get involved in any fights! Be nice to others even if they aren’t your friends. Ignore the bullies and walk away from them. Also never gossip or spread rumors. You will just end up not being who you really are inside!
  • Do not be rude to the people you meet up with when you are going to your classes.It will make a bad impression of you.
  • Try not to make mistakes on the first day.

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