Going back to school after the summer break may seem hard, but it's not that bad. You will get to see your old friends, make new ones, learn new things and have some great teachers.
However, returning to school may be stressful if you are just starting middle school or have moved to a new area.
You may be worried about:
- Getting lost
- Making friends
- Opening your locker
- Deciding where to eat lunch
- Having lots of homework or being stressed out
- Having a crush
- Meeting new teachers
- Teasing, gossip or bullying
- Hard classes or big textbooks
- Trying out for a sports teams
- Getting good grades
- Choosing clothes or make-up
If you are starting at a new school, go look at it, walk around and find things. There are usually some staff there in late summer.
You will become more comfortable with things after the first couple weeks. You will definitely meet some new people, know your way around and get to know all your teachers. It's fine to feel nervous or shy at first. Chances are, everyone else is too.
It's also important to be prepared for school.
- If you’ve been sleeping late during summer, start waking up earlier the week before so you are ready for the new school schedule.
- Make sure your books all fit in your backpack and that your clothes aren't in violation of a dress code or school uniform.
Below are things to remember when you go back to school.
- Pack your backpack with everything you might need, preferably the night before so mornings aren't stressful.
- Bring extra pens, pencils and other supplies.
- Bring paper, binders and folders.
- Pack healthy snacks and a lunch, or eat a healthy lunch at school.
- Have breakfast before you go to school, so you have energy for the rest of the day.
- Pack a water bottle and hydrate during the day.
You will soon begin to adjust to school again. If you have any problems, be sure to talk to teachers, parents or siblings. You're a pro at going to school, so don't worry.
Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last reviewed: July 2019