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New Beginnings: How to start the year off right

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Audra Kelly (9) works on her geometry study guide. The test was on Friday, Sept 30th,  and Kelly uses extra time during the school day to study and do more geometry.


“I wish I’d known that I needed to prepare myself,” said Helena Weatherford (9). I think we have all been in a situation where we have felt like this school more than we can handle , and  we don’t know what we signed ourselves up for. So here is some advice on how to start the year off right.


To start school off on a good note, you probably need to have some good old-fashioned motivation. If you are a crafty person, make a motivation poster for yourself. Put your dream college or job on your poster, or maybe a family member you want to make proud. Whatever will make you keep pushing through the school year. If you’re not much of a crafty person, try rewarding yourself. Maybe that reward is watching an episode of your favorite T.V. show after you’ve finish all your homework. And if none of those float your boat, there is always peer pressure. Get your friends to give you a hard time about your homework until you break down and actually do it.


Now in order to do all of that hard work, you’ll need some energy. One thing you can do to start the day off energized and ready to conquer the world is to not hit snooze. I know it is so easy to hit the snooze button in the morning, but you will regret it later. Get up and get moving, your body will be more awake and energized throughout the day. Now, it’s after school and it’s time to do some dreadful homework you just don’t have enough energy to do. Try taking a cold shower. I know it sounds horrible, but it will wake your body up and get it prepared for some work. Let’s say you’re now doing homework and you’re right in the middle of it, but you just can’t make your brain think. Indulge yourself in a light two minute conversation with someone. It will help your brain mix it up a little bit so you can start to work again like a new battery.


Procrastination. It happens even to the best of us. The trick is to literally just do it. As soon as you get home, start on that work. The quicker you start the quicker you get it done and don’t have to worry about it. Now I know that we all have those off days when we truly need a minute to regather ourselves before homework. On those days set a timer and stick to it. Put that timer by your homework, and as soon as it goes off, your work is ready for you to get started on it. No more “searching” for your stuff just to waste time.


Finally, we all need some organization in our lives, whether you want to admit it or not. Something that you can do before even getting to school is have a dedicated area for all of your school related things. This way, you know where your items for school are. Next, when you’re at school, put things in the correct place. Yeah, you know all of those pretty folders and binders you got at the beginning of the year? Those are to actually help you organize and keep your stuff in order. Another thing you can do is instead of just throwing your stuff in your backpack, organize it. Try organizing the stuff in your backpack from biggest to smallest or by your class periods. Anything that keeps your backpack looking nice, and not like a two year old, or a dog just tore through it will help you out.


Lastly, in the words of Mrs. Anah Wiersema The 8th,9th, and 10th grade principal, “Y’all need help in asking for help.” We are a community. If you need help with your homework or you are worried about something, ask for help. Nothing bad is going to happen to you, the worst they can say is no and then you can find someone else to help you out.


Always remember school may get hard sometimes but, it’s what you do during those hard times that really make a difference.



Lily will spare no details when it comes to her knitting, and she is just as meticulous with her writing and editing. When she's not working out the logistics and minute kinks of the Polaris Press, this water baby is swimming freestyle for the ARS Varsity Swim team or exercising her flair for the dramatics in ARS’ annual one-act play. Her essential items include Cold-Brew Coffee, classic oldies music, and of course, a pen and paper. She is excited to be a part of the Journalism community for the second year in a row, and as of this fall a member of the editing team.

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