6 Tips for Surviving Your First Day of School

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Up late tossing and turning before your first day of school? Don't worry, it won't be that bad. Just keep your head up and follow this guide.

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Visit the School or Attend the Open House

One thing that really helps to decrease the first day of school jitters is to visit the school and meet your teachers before the first day if possible. Many schools schedule open house nights where you and your family can meet the teachers, pick up your schedule, and tour the school to get a feel of where all of your classes will be. This is sort of a "trial run" for the real first day of school. So be sure to attend the open house if your school offers it.  It'll help keep you from getting lost, and showing up late when you do it for real.

If your school does not offer an open house night, then envision yourself in the school walking from class to class, and plan out the best times to stop by your locker. 

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Wear Something That Makes You Feel Confident and Comfortable

You might want to show off those new heels or micro-mini, but come lunchtime you'll wish you were in something more suitable for lugging around a giant backpack. Stick with something practical.

Plan your first day of school outfit with the words "comfy but cool" in mind.  Lay it out on your bed, but then be sure to try it on as well to make sure that it's comfortable.  

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Get to Know Your Teachers

You are going to be spending a lot of time with your teachers over the next few months, so instead of being afraid of them, or despising them, get to know them.  Who knows, your teachers might have some really cool interests that they can share with you, which will make coming to school a lot more fun.  Sure, the teachers might seem a little mean on the first day.  Don't worry - they're just doing that to scare you. They'll mellow out next week. Be sure to show up to class on time, take notes, be respectful, and be diligent. You don't want their first impression of you to be a bad one.

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If Your Friends Aren't in All Your Classes, Don't Sweat It

Focus on getting to know your new classmates, and catch up with last year's pals after school. In a couple of months, you'll have more friends, not less.

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Get a Good Night's Sleep and Eat Breakfast in the Morning

You probably stayed up late all summer playing video games, and then skipped breakfast most of the time.  But, now that school is back in session, it's time to get back into the routine of going to bed at a decent hour, getting as close to 8 hours of sleep as possible, and eating breakfast in the morning. Try to start this nighttime and morning ​routine at least two weeks prior to school starting, so that it becomes a habit and then on the first day of school, you'll be good to go.  You'll learn better, be less cranky, and be better prepared for the new challenges and adventures that this school year brings. 

Keep in mind that the first day might feel super long.  But, it's just a mental trick because you're experiencing so much new stuff. Next week, when you're more familiar with your classes, it won't feel like that anymore.

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Know That It's OK to Feel Freaked-Out

The first day of school is nerve-wracking for everyone, even if some of your classmates don't show it. Just try to stay as calm and focused as you can. As the school year gets rolling, you'll wonder why you were so worried in the first place.

Article updated by Keisha Howard, Teen Advice Expert.