A Year of Change and Growth

In all the excitement of seeing old friends and meeting new ones, there are moments when the beginning weeks of school may feel overwhelming.  Leaving behind the low-key days of late risings and few obligations, we need time to adapt to the giant learning curve of new expectations and schedule, opportunities and big decisions.  One solution is to think through important questions to ensure the year maintains the credo: “It’s going to be a fantastic year!”


In reflecting upon the prior year’s challenges, students should take the time to implement new and positive changes by thinking through and answering the following questions:

  • Do I give myself enough time to study?
  • What strategies can I use to help me with my least and most difficult subjects?
  • What grades would I like to receive at the end of the first quarter?
  • What is the solution to feeling exhausted in the morning?
  • How can I have more time with my family, friends, and myself?
  • How can I eliminate all the stress and worry I felt last year?
  • What are my distractions?

Once questions are contemplated and answered, students can begin making promises.  To ensure students remember their new pact, it is vital to put those ideas in writing. Remember, ideas can be revised.  Do not be hard on yourself if the first few ideas do not work.  In fact, remember also, the old ways did not work either; so, do not give up!  Please, continue to try!

A Balanced Schedule: When to Say No!

Representatives in the form of teachers and students will be encouraging new members to join a particular club, organization, or a sport.  Some groups may be of interest to your friends and persuade you to sign up, too.  Prior to responding with a swift, “Yes!” think about how much time you have for not just yourself, and family and friends, but also your school responsibilities and evening classes or lessons.  What does a balanced schedule look like to you?  With advanced thought into the time you want to extend towards extracurricular activities, consider what types of activities you want to join. It could be a theater group or band. Think about how much additional time you want to commit; therefore, ask questions well before you agree! It will be hard to say, “No,” afterward!

The Friendship Dilemma

Promises can also lead to the types of relationships students want to have. If friends are dramatic, argumentative, bossy, or challenging, it may be time to ask, “Why are we friends?” This year the focus can be on positive relationships.  How many friends can be defined as supportive, kind, fun, and respectful with information?  Difficult relationships are exhausting.  If students are honest with themselves, it is okay to select who belongs in the inner circle.

Include Time for Fun and Self!

School is more than just listening, responding, and maintaining responsibilities.  It is also a year to grow.  With reflection, and making sound decisions, students also need time to be alone, read, exercise, and think.  Yes, students will make big mistakes.  Disappointment and failures occur on occasion; yet, these are the very opportunities that will help students better control their own lives and fate.  The task of balancing a schedule is not a natural act; but I implore you, dear student, to show the same enthusiasm for your educational efforts, friendships, and moments of fun!

It can be a great year.  The perfect year of change and growth is attainable!  Keep reflecting and tweaking!


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