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How to Stay on Top of School, 4-H and Everything Else

I don’t have to tell you what the first day of going back to school is like – catching up with friends, sharing stories about your summer and all those jittery feelings of new beginnings are just some examples. But then classes start and you’re back to the grind. So how do you stay on top of school, 4-H and everything else?

I am writing this as a college graduate, entering her first year of university at UNBC this fall. Whether you are in high school, college or university the feelings are the same, and so are the struggles. Before you know it, your schedule will start filling up so it’s important to build healthy habits to overcome any challenges that may come your way.

Stay Positive and Find Your Happy Place Outside of School
An organized backpack, a planner and a positive attitude will help you avoid falling behind or getting stuck in a rut! Scrolling through Facebook before school starts or on the bus can really put a damper on your day. Try to surround yourself with peers who bring out the best in you and who inspire you to set goals. When life starts getting busy, having a happy place outside of school like your 4-H club can also be helpful for staying positive.

Connect with Friends Before School Starts
That first day back can be intimidating or hard to concentrate as everyone catches up with each other. Get together with friends from school and from 4-H before class starts to help create a more welcoming space.

Eat Food That Makes You Feel Good and Enjoy the Outdoors
Eating well is good for both your mental and physical health. Pack lunches filled with food that can boost your brain power and when you can, take some time for yourself to enjoy the outdoors.

Stick to a Schedule and Plan Ahead
Getting into a good sleeping pattern or scheduling time to do homework can be easier said than done, but once you start sticking to a schedule, the easier it will be to stay on top of homework and extracurricular activities. There are apps that can remind you when it’s time to go to bed or to do homework. This way you’re less likely to pull all-nighters or feel stressed about school. In my experience, the best plan is to head home, have a little snack and start homework. Put aside a few hours each evening and make a priorities list to better tackle school assignments or 4-H activities.  I start with tasks that are due first and make sure to work on big projects a little at a time to not overwhelm myself. 

Keep a Healthy Perspective on Success
With a million things on the go, don’t forget to slow down and appreciate your relationships, your goals and how far you’ve come in school, with 4-H and in your everyday life. If something doesn’t go your way, use it as a learning moment to be a better student and leader. 

How do you build healthy habits to stay on top of school, 4-H and everything else? Share your tips with us and tag #4HCanada in your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts!