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Getting back into the swing of things for 2013

Emily Filec, Staff Reporter

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The first week back from break is almost finished. You’re in school and you’re tired. You just got off a seventeen day break and still feel like you might have a Christmas cookie coma. You would almost take finals again, just so you could have another break…well maybe not.

Does this sound like you? Are you suddenly annoyed by the New Year? Does it seem as though you just got used to writing 2012 on your papers and now have to constantly remind yourself of the year every time you write the date? Perhaps you need a new perspective and should take advantage of the fresh start that comes with the New Year.

Don’t let senioritis get a hold of you…especially if you’re not a senior! Here are some ways you can get motivated and ready for the second and final semester of the school year!

1.       Mentally prepare and look ahead

If you’re a freshman, remember that your first two years of high school matter just as much as your last two, if not more. Sophomores, you’re almost upperclassmen and by now you understand the high school world. Not to mention, you have the most important year of high school ahead of you. And those juniors…there are only a few months until your senior year, but make sure you are focused for that one test in the spring. What’s it called again? Oh that’s right, the ACT! And seniors try not to use senioritis as an excuse for laziness. When it comes time for college, you will want to maintain healthy study habits and time management skills to be successful.

2.       Improve your morning routine.

Though it may seem tempting, don’t hit the snooze button! If you are a snooze button addict, simply put your alarm (or phone) on the opposite side of your bedroom. This forces you to physically get out of bed to shut it off; you can’t just roll over and hit the snooze button. Maybe you have tried this and it doesn’t quite seem to work. Perhaps you need to re-evaluate and…

3.       What do you eat for breakfast?

Eating a healthy breakfast is key to a successful day. Often times students wake up late, rush to school and skip breakfast because they don’t have time. There are also those who choose not to eat breakfast because they don’t enjoy breakfast foods. Whether you choose to not eat breakfast, or just don’t make time, you are missing the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast is key to productivity because it improves your memory and helps you concentrate.

Now you are prepared to face the school day…

4.       Classwork still matters

A big mistake a lot of students make is they fall behind on one assignment and it has a domino effect on everything else in that class. This semester, make sure you are organized and focused so you can complete work on time. Also, check Skyward regularly to see your missing assignments and turn them in as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate! After a long day at school and surviving a sports practice, you’re really tired, but you don’t want to miss the latest episode of <Insert your favorite TV show here…>.

5.       Go to bed!

While it’s so tempting to stay up super late and catch up on the newest drama, your sleep is more important. If you don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep you will be cranky (most likely), unproductive and unfocused throughout the day. In order to do your best at school, it is crucial to receive a good night sleep. When you wake up the next morning, remember…

6.       Less than 50 school days to Spring Break!

‘Nuff said.

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