Today, September 5th, marks the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Nervous freshmen flood the hallways while seniors brace themselves for what will be the first of many lasts. Juniors prepare for the work-filled year ahead, while sophomores find themselves thrilled to finally no longer be at the bottom of the totem pole. What is a homecoming for many, is a new beginning for others. The first day of school means something different to everyone, yet as we head into a new school year, there are some things that we should all keep in mind.
As classes pick up, remember that this is a time to try new things. Regardless of what grade you’re in, it’s never too late to get involved. Branch out and join that club that interests you, try out for the sports team you’ve been thinking about, or talk to someone that you’ve never met before. This year is full of possibilities, so give yourself a chance to enjoy all of what high school has to offer. We promise you won’t regret it.
At the same time, high school can also be difficult and overwhelming. And while it can be hard to see past the stress of the present moment (test tomorrow, project due Friday, SATs right around the corner…), it is so important to find something that grounds you, something you love that will remind you that everything will be okay, whether that’s a ritual you share with your family, a hobby you lose yourself in, or a club of people who really get you. Always try to think of the bigger picture. Remind yourself of the long term goals–college, career, an awesome summer–that you are working so hard for.
And finally, don’t take anything too seriously.
Try your best. Work hard. But have fun, too. Learn how to find that balance. So many people will tell you that in a few years none of this will matter, but the truth is that we are here now: Enjoy it.