With school fast approaching, I know a lot of us are probably dealing with some anxiety. I thought I would write a little bit on this topic, because getting nervous over school seems to be my specialty.
I hate the first day of school. I can’t sleep the next before, I am frazzled and forgetful the morning of, and all day I am thrown into a different routine. I want to be settled in already. I don’t want to be covering my books and having syllabi signed, I want it to be mid-fall and I know where my place is. Anyone else agree?
The greatest comfort to me is knowing that the first day of school stresses everyone out. No one is paying attention to me because they’re all so worried about their selves. No one is going to remember if you’re late to class on the first day, or if you transfer out of a class. The first day makes everyone a little anxious.
Additionally, we tend to put a lot of pressure on the first day. If you want to change your look, you should do it over the summer before school starts, right? Wrong. You can color your hair whenever you want. Your first day doesn’t need to be perfect, or be a perfect representation of who you want to be.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed during the first week when you’re surrounded by new classes, teachers, and people. The dust always settles. It might seem like you’re never going to remember everyone’s names and get yourself organized, but you will, when a little time goes by.
I think maybe the best way to handle nerves is to just embrace them. This is my last year of high school, so the first day of school has become steadily less exciting for me year after year. Everyone is nervous and awkward on the first few days back- we just have to accept that it is complete chaos and go with the flow.
And while school can be stressful, there are good moments, too. You’ll see your friends, you’ll have school events to go to, and you’ll be back in a steady routine.
Don’t freak out- you’ve got it!