Summer is winding down. School is getting ready to start again.
Here’s my advice for finishing summer break and starting the school year:
1) Take time to reflect.
2) Set goals for the future.
3) Build new relationships with influencers.
4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
1) There’s gold in your past experiences.
Grab some time to take deep breath and to reflect on where you’ve come from. If you haven’t done this already, even in these few moments before going back to school, it may be helpful to think back on what you’ve learned from the past school year. This may be a certain topic in school or a piece of knowledge out of school or a life lesson. You can always call on these things as you go forward in your journey.
2) Have some idea of where you want to go next, even if it’s simply a vague notion.
Keep that future idea, or goal ahead of you. For example it could be to make the team or to win this competition, or go to a certain type of college. Perhaps that goal may just be to have more fun than you had last year. Maybe it’s a terse short-term goal or a lofty long-term goal. Whatever that goal is, it will help you to stay motivated whenever there are challenges to that vision. These ideas will help you pick your activities and harness your time. Don’t freak out if you don’t have a clue! Just start somewhere and take it a step at time.
3) Connections with Influencers are Invaluable.
Next, be aware of the relationships that you’ve built with instructors/influential adults along the way. Look out for new connections this upcoming year. Many doors can be opened for your future just from someone knowing you and having an established connection with you. Particularly if there’s an adult you just “click” with, you may able to gain a long-term connection and valuable wisdom in going forward in your life.
4) Reach out when you need it.
People approach challenges differently. But as Cesar Chavez, the Civil Rights Activist said, “you are never strong enough that you don't need help.” There is bound to be something along the way, at some point that challenges you in some way. You have to know how to reach out for help when you need it. It if it’s about life issues, you have your parents/guardians and other trusted adults and counselors who can help. If it’s school help that you need, you have teachers and Wyzant Tutors to help! Somewhere down the line in your life, there will be someone who needs help and perhaps you’ll be able to help just like you were helped.
In summary: take time to reflect, set goals for the future, build new relationships with influencers, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Enjoy the rest of summer and have fun this upcoming school year!
In theater talk that’s “get out there and break a leg” (not literally, of course)!