You’re about to set out on a new journey. You might feel a little nervous about what’s in store, but, don’t worry, everyone else will be too. You’re all leaving your familiar schools behind and moving on to the ambiguous unknown that is high school. You’ve heard so many things about it and you don’t know what to believe or exactly what to expect — hence the butterflies.

Looking for a great way to calm your nerves as the adventure begins? Check out our top tips here.

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1. Prepare Well Ahead of Time

Preparing for high school can feel intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. The main thing to remember is to prepare ahead of time. You don’t want to be running around a few days before school starts still purchasing uniforms and stationery. That’s just asking for trouble and will only exacerbate your nervous butterflies.

Instead, make sure that you’ve gathered all your supplies well in advance. The night before school starts, get out everything you’re going to need and pack your bag. The last thing you want to be doing is rushing around in the morning looking for the notebooks that mysteriously disappeared.

2. Do a Dry Run

Your new school is likely in a different location. You might even be going to school on your own for the first time. If you’re going to be taking a bus or a train, make sure you’re aware of the schedules and plan to arrive in plenty of time. Your parents were kind enough to wait for you, but a bus or a train most certainly will not.

If you’ll be walking or biking, travel the route at least once by yourself to ensure you know the way. Time yourself as well so you’ll know how long it takes.

3. Get Set, Study!

In high school, it’s really time to hit the books, hard. At least that’s what you’ve heard and you might feel overly nervous about how much homework you’ll be expected to perform.

While everyone handles the workload differently, always remember that homework assignments are not punishments. Teachers don’t go home snickering evilly to themselves about the amount of homework they assigned that day. They want you to succeed and are giving you the tools to do it.

Make a habit of finishing up your homework assignments as soon as you get home. This will free up the rest of your day and you won’t have to think about schoolwork again until tomorrow.

4. Enjoy Your Experience

High school is an amazing experience designed to prepare you for the real world. What you learn in the classroom is important, but there are plenty of other skills you can learn too.

So, have fun, make new friends, join a club, try a new sport, or sign up for electives that interest you. All of these are great ways to enrich your experience and enjoy yourself at the same time.

High school only happens once so enjoy it as much as you can!

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