1. Confirm school supplies are packed and ready to go.
Take inventory of what's needed for the first day and make sure everything that was purchased or collected is organized and ready to go. This includes textbooks, paper, pens, pencils, folders, calculators, and any other tools or materials needed for class. If you have an assigned locker, make sure a combination lock has been purchased and the combination is memorized.
2. Double-check that required textbooks and materials have been purchased or rented.
Textbooks and other educational materials are essential for gaining knowledge in class, so it's important to make sure these items are acquired before the first day of school. Many schools offer rental programs for textbooks which can be helpful in saving money.
3. Plan out what outfits will be worn on the first day (and subsequent days).
First impressions are important! Make sure you plan ahead and select outfits that reflect your personality while still being appropriate for school guidelines. Have extra clothing options on hand in case of accidents or wardrobe malfunctions.
4. Make sure backpacks are stocked with all necessary school supplies like pencils, paper, folders, etc.
Organizing and stocking your backpack the night before prevents last-minute scrambling when trying to find what is needed for class. Double-check that you have all of the supplies needed (e.g., pens, pencils, paper) and make sure nothing has been forgotten.
5. Pack lunches and snacks for the first day (and the following days).
Make sure to pack lunch and snacks for not only the first day but subsequent days as well. If a cafeteria meal plan has been purchased through the school district, confirm what items are available on the menu so that snacks can be tailored accordingly.
6. Get enough sleep the night before - preparation for the long school year ahead!
Sleep is essential to perform well in school, so make sure to get a full night's rest prior to the first day. This will help ensure that you are ready and alert for the challenges of the upcoming school year.
7. Wake up early enough on the first day to allow plenty of time to get ready.
Half-asleep grogginess isn't exactly ideal for starting off on a good foot, so be sure to set your alarm accordingly and give yourself ample time to wake up and prepare for the day.
8. Drive or walk to school - arriving on time is key!
Be aware of how long it takes to get to school and plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before classes start. This will give you enough time to find your way around the campus and get settled in.
9. Say goodbye to your parents (or wave from a distance if too emotional).
For many, the first day of school can be an emotional experience so it's important that you take a few moments for yourself before heading off. If necessary, say goodbye or wave from a distance as you make your way into the classroom.
10. Go into your new classroom, introduce yourself, and begin learning.
Walking into a new classroom can feel intimidating but remember that everyone is in the same boat - just looking for someone to connect with. Introduce yourself to the teacher and classmates, take a seat and begin learning.