Sandusky City Schools went back to classes Monday. Other schools will soon follow suit if they haven’t already.
As much as I hate to see summer end, especially one that flew by at warp speed, I always like the beginning of the school year.
A heap of fresh school supplies, some new shoes and school clothes always gave a sense of security, of an abundance of riches. Brand new markers and newly sharpened pencils always symbolized another chance to me.
No matter how the last school year ended, every student has the opportunity to reinvent themselves.
So here are my recommendations to students for a productive, inspiring and fun school year:
n If you’re nervous about the new year, be brave. If you can’t be brave, fake it. Nobody can tell the difference.
n Remember, just as you want to be accepted, so do all the other kids. If someone is having a hard time adjusting, give them a break. You make friends by being a friend.
n Teachers too want to be accepted. It is in your best interests to realize that sometimes they have to enforce rules or assign hard tasks. It’s their job to push you to do your best. It’s your job to do it.
n If you come to school looking like you had no sleep and don’t have the energy to sit up straight, don’t be surprised if the teacher thinks you’re not paying attention and gives you bad marks for class participation.
n Participate in as many school functions as you can, i.e. sports, band, orchestra, etc. But keep in mind your grades are the most important thing. Don’t spread yourself so thin that your grades suffer.
n Choose your friends wisely. Don’t fall into a crowd that brings you down.
n Which brings me to a very important lesson that everyone should heed: Be very careful of what you post on social networks. Your friends might enjoy online chatting about a teacher or another student or about weekend activities you might not be proud of, but remember teachers, parents and even the police also know how to use the social sites. My mom gave me a bit of advice when I was in high school. She said never put anything in writing that you wouldn’t be comfortable having read in a school assembly. Good advice and still relevant.
People will tell you these are the best years of your life. It’s true in many ways, but adults tend to forget the anxiety and hard work of being a student.
Do what you must with a good attitude and have fun. You have to be there so you might as well enjoy it.
See you next week.