By: Courtney Giardina, Regular Contributor
With September just around the corner, you know what that means: School will be starting up again and another year will be upon us. This year, instead of going through the motions waiting through seasons and counting down days, I want to offer all of you to think a bit differently this time. Here are 10 things I challenge you to do on the first day of school. For those of you brave enough to take the challenge don’t forget to stop back here and let me know how you did! Most importantly though, tell me how you felt after you did it.
Are you ready? Ok, go!
- Sit in the front of the classroom: it’s easy if we don’t have assigned seats to hide in the back of the room, but we can challenge ourselves to really pay attention, to learn and to listen more when we are in the front of the room
- Say hi to someone you don’t know: Branch out from your usual group of friends and introduce yourself to someone new. You never know, that person could turn in to a best friend or school study partner
- Give someone a compliment: Make somebody’s day, lift their self-esteem by offering them a compliment.
- Thank a teacher for their hard work: They come to school each and every day in hopes to make a difference. Let them know they have.
- Ask a question when you have one: We’ve all done it, kept our hands down and questions to ourselves because we don’t want to be the only one. Chances are someone else has that same question and too is afraid to ask it. Don’t be shy, raise your hand. Remember, the only dumb question is the one never asked.
- Volunteer when a teacher asks for one: We learn so much more by doing. We help others understand by showing. Set an example, get on up and help out!
- Help someone who may be lost or needs help with class work: Remember your first day in a new school? Maybe you had trouble finding a classroom? Or how about that math problem you just couldn’t solve? Did someone help you out? Well now it’s your turn to return the favor. And if maybe you had to figure it all out on your own, it’s time to be the person you wish you had when you were in that situation. Lend a hand.
- Invite someone to sit with you during lunch: Every year, every school, every grade there is a new kid in class. Someone who just moved to town and doesn’t know anybody. Can you imagine how scary it is to walk into a cafeteria? Ease their nerves, be a friend, offer your table. You will have no idea how much that will mean to them.
- Smile at someone who looks like they’re having a bad day: A smile can go a long way so share it with everyone, every chance you get. Brighten a mood, make someone’s day. A simple little smile is all it takes.
- Want to be there: I’m pretty sure if I asked, a majority of students would not wish away their summer for school to start again, but the bottom line is that you’re there. There’s nothing you can do about it. For the next nine months or so, you’re going to have to walk into that building every day, so you know what, make the best of it. Change your attitude and act like you want to be there. I bet you’ll be amazed at how much better the day is when you’re not wishing the minutes away.
The start of a new school year can be challenging no matter if you're a sophomore in high school or cruising into your senior year of college.
- Try one of Courtney's fun and easy tips for starting your school year off with some great, positive energy and tell us what you learned here!
Courtney was born and raised in a suburb outside of Rochester, NY. She now calls Charlotte, NC home. Each day she lives by the motto that we create the life we imagine for ourselves. Her debut novel Tear Stained Beaches was released in 2013, her second novel is currently in editing and she has begun work on novel #3. Having a passion for cheerleading most of her life, it’s no surprise her spare time is spent currently as the head coach for a local middle school team and also as part of the Charlotte Hounds Major League Lacrosse dance team. She tweets under @sweetangeleyz and shares her latest adventures at The Girl Behind the Covers.