Summer sure zipped by super-fast and a new school year is already here. Maybe some of you are excited to go back and see old friends and make some new ones. Maybe some of you kind of like schoolwork and studying. Then there are others of you who really wish summer vacation could last just a few months longer—maybe until Christmas break! No matter how you feel about going back to school, you can make it a great year for yourself, your teachers, and your classmates by trying the following suggestions. You never know, this may be your most magnificent school year yet!
The first thing anyone can do to make or break their day is to have a great attitude, or not. When you choose to be positive and happy, everything gets better. When you wake up on the first day of school, decide that no matter what happens, you are going to be a happy, positive person and try your best. When you do that you are already a winner—even if you haven’t brushed your teeth yet.
If you are starting at a new school, or are nervous about the new kids coming to your class, the first thing to remember is that to make friends, you have to be friendly! If you are nervous or shy (or both), we completely understand. But try your hardest to smile at new people and say “hi.” Make an effort to talk to new people and to be proud of who you are. We know it is not always easy, but if you keep a kind heart and friendly attitude, you will draw people to you. Before you know it, all those “new” kids will be old friends.
Think skipping breakfast or eating a little nibble of something will cut it? Think again. You are a growing human being, and not only does your body need good nutrition to function, but your brain does too. And since you are going to school where your brain is in high demand, you have to take good care of it. Eat fruits, protein, and whole grains; and don’t forget to take a daily vitamin. (They make yummy, chewy gummy bear varieties—ask your parents!)
Some kids are great at math, while some kids read beautifully. Others are talented artists and musicians. The point is that it’s great to try your best at the things you are naturally good at, but it’s even more important to try your best at the things that don’t come easy to you. Have you ever heard the expression “You get an A for effort?” Always aim to get an “A” for effort in everything you do.
This is certainly not the least important of our tips, but we’ve saved it for last because it’s the one we want you to remember the most. As you start a brand-new school year, with unknown adventures ahead, don’t leave Jesus out of any part of it. He is your best friend, and He loves you more than you will ever know. He is powerful and can help you with any problem you face. Including Jesus in every aspect of your school year from studies to friends, to sports and music, will guarantee you success in everything.
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