Summer vacation is at its end. School, and all the responsibilities that go along with it, is calling our names. Are you ready?


It’s exciting to walk into a store and see all those new, bright colored school supplies just waiting for you.—New folders, spirals, pencils and pens, rulers, markers and more. It’s a shopping spree that there’s no getting out of. But it takes more than new supplies to get ready for school.

Many students become anxious at the start of a new school year. Maybe they are uncomfortable with change. They’re going to a new school. they have fear of the unknown, e.g. teacher, schedule, classmates. If this sounds like you, then here’s what I suggest: get as organized as possible and have a school wardrobe. That you’re very comfortable wearing.


Before classes start, get together all of the school supplies that you will probably need throughout the year. Although it’s true that some schools do have specific supply lists, if you don’t have one yet, you still have a pretty good idea of what’s required so you can get started. Put all the supplies in front of you and decide what you’re likely to need that first day of classes and decide on the type of book bag you’ll need for the day. You’ll want one that’s easy to carry, easy to open and allows you to quickly find what you’re looking for. Now, this bag is not necessarily the one you’ll use all school year because it’s only the first day, so you don’t have to take all you’re supplies with you, just the basics.


Being uncomfortable with what you’re wearing usually adds stress to anyone’s day. That’s why it’s important to have a comfortable school wardrobe. When you’re uncomfortable with the way you look or how your clothes fit, that’s all you can think about, but that’s not what you should be thinking about in school. You should be focused on what your teachers are telling you. If you like T-shirts, wear them. If you like long sleeves, wear those. Avoid clothes that take your attention away from the lesson. Keep in mind, though, that you must work within your school’s dress code and your parents’ rules. Also, don’t forget about your footwear.

After some time, you may decide to reorganize your folders for better use or that you need a sweater or second shirt to easily throw on for that one classroom that’s extra cold. It’s completely natural to re-evaluate and make adjustments. So as the year progresses, take the time to make any adjustments that may reduce the stress of your school day and allow you to stay focused, because there’s nothing more basic to learning than being ready.Lora Incardona has been a public school teacher since 1993 and holds master degrees in bilingual education and educational leadership. Her book, Lora the Study Coach’s Easy Study Manual, education articles and blog can be found at

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