Make This School Year Your BEST!August 14th, 2011
It’s that time of year again. Many of you are gearing up for the first week of school and you know what that means… most of you will be wearing your newest outfits to school. I can remember that being one of the many reasons why I enjoyed school starting back up. However, I think the biggest reason why I enjoyed school starting again was because it meant school supplying shopping. I do not know why that was always the best thing for me, but I loved being able to get packs of Bic mechanical pencils, college ruled notebook paper, 3 ring binders, etc. Awesome times!!!
As you are going back to school, some of you having already started, I wanted to share some advice with you to make this school year your BEST. This year, I challenge you to:
Be on your ‘A’ Game! Always do more. Always be more. Be more of a friend. Be more of a son or daughter. Do more as a student. Spend 30 additional minutes studying. It’ll help you in the long run. When you do more and be more, then you can have more. When you are more of a student, teachers are more willing to support you and help you. I often mention to students that it is easy to tell who has gone above and beyond in the classroom based on the letters of recommendation the teacher writes for them. Thus, this year, in every situation, go above and beyond. People want to be surrounded around Allstars.
Enter each day with a renewed attitude! It has been said that your “attitude determines your altitude” in life. If there is one thing that is consistent among many it would be their disgust for people with negative attitudes. Naturally, people do not like to be around those who are negative and have bad attitudes. If you want to be written off and forgotten about, then having a bad attitude will definitely help you. This year, do not dwell on what you do not have or weren’t able to accomplish. Just because you did not have an awesome day yesterday, it does not mean that you can’t have a great day today or tomorrow. Everything lies and rests on your attitude and how you see that around you.
Smile! A smile is contagious. When you smile, you lighten up the room and you can change the mood of others. Additionally, smiling draws people to you. This year, take the opportunity to smile more. Not only will it help you to remain more positive, but it may also brighten someone else’s day. You never know what someone is going through and your simple smile may dramatically change that feeling that they have of themselves.
Try something new! How about getting involved in a new organization, listening more before you speak, taking on a new role in one of your current organizations, connecting with another student who you wouldn’t normally connect with. This year, I want you to go above and beyond to stretch yourself and make the most of every opportunity. Do not be stuck inside the box this year. Do not be afraid to take risks. Go for what you want as the only person stopping you is you!
These are just a few tips to make this school year your BEST! I’m rooting for you!