How to Survive the First Month of School


Is your first day of school coming up? Are you wondering what your new teacher is going to be like? What pair of nikes you are going to use to sway new friends? What parties and exams are you going to skip or make a priority? What sport teams are you going to watch or try out for? How close is the nearest grocery store, and can I make it in my slippers?

It is about that time of the year again, back to school! For me, that means new kids, new parents, and new desire to inspire young minds to believe in themselves and be nice to one another. The summer is gone, and it is back to the grind in the classroom for many of us around the world.


Let’s talk about September

What are the main concerns of an elementary student? 1. Is my teacher going to be nice 2. What do I have for recess? When I was little, every year I would wonder if my teacher was going to be nice, or if I had to watch out for the Big Bad Wolf, or did mom pack my Dunkaroos, or will I have to trade my sandwich with another classmate. As we get older, these thoughts continue to run through our heads, only in slightly different context. 1. Will I meet new friends or like my boss/or professor 2. I should have ate breakfast today/I need to pack a lunch.

September is crucial to your survival in your new setting. The first month will separate the men from the boys. The women from the girls. Your idea and perception of your new setting and experience will be fresh. Your ears will be alert and your mind and body will be focused on the task at hand. But for how long? Some of us will be entering a new school. Some of us will be going back to a similar setting after the summer holidays. Either way, September is the start of the “new” year. How do you have a great start?


The First Impression is Key

Don’t show up to school in hammy down’s aka hand me down’s. I am not saying go out and buy the most expensive pair of shoes or t-shirt, I am saying take care of your self and look presentable. Carol Goman writes, “that moment that stranger sees you, his or her brain makes thousands of computations: Are you someone to approach or to avoid? Are you friend or foe? Do you have status and authority? Are your trustworthy, competent, likeable, confident?

 The decision of others and whether or not they will like or even deal with you are made quickly (7 seconds). Leave a great impression and you are well  on your way to an excellent week during the first month of school. Say hello to your collages. Shake the hand of your professor or teacher. Really mean what you say when talking to new people. Do the little things that count. Put in the work early and everything else is smooth sailing!

 Keep smiling


Being a teacher, I understand what it feels like to be exhausted from smiling and shaking hands with people you typically have nothing in common with or have know desire to be long-time friends with (sounds cruel but it is true). You can’t be best friends with everyone BUT you can be a great acquaintance. People can love to be around you even though they never see you.  Just keep smiling, just keep smiling, just keep smiling, smiling, smiling. Know one said you had to be everyone’s bestie on the first day. Smile, be polite and shake hands with everyone (use sanitizer often). This again, goes with your first impression. People will always remember your first encounter. This will set you up for easier interactions down the road.

Stay ahead of the Game

In my first year of university (for lack of better word) I sucked! I flat-out didn’t know what was doing, decided to watch sports instead of study, went for walks instead of reading and ate cereal to distract me from assignments. To often we allow ourselves to fall behind. We overlook what is ahead of us, and hope that it will magically complete itself the night before

Surviving September is about Staying a head of the Game. Sure, your friends will want to party. Your boyfriend will want to cuddle. Your friends will want to hangout and chat it up, talk about stuff you necessarily do not want to talk about anyway. Than don’t do it! When you are given an assignment, start it. You don’t have to finish it, but at least look and see what you have to do to complete it. A lesson plan, prepare for the week. Heck, prepare for the month if you have the time. A project to fulfill, do the research. Get the resources and be ready to produce some quality work.

Make a list of priorities and “at least”get started before the week that they are due. We all know what it feels like when Wednesday comes along, and you have a 4000 word essay due on Auscultation and Bromhidrosis by Thursday. Yeah, I don’t know what they mean either.

Don’t allow yourself to get in this position. Force yourself to make a list of up and coming due dates, and get started right away. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are done something, when everyone else is scratching to make a deadline.

For me, I make a monthly schedule, of what I want to accomplish, by priority. I take 15-20 index cards, put a hole in each  one of them, and tie a string to hold them tight. I often check my dates and make sure I am on schedule. I see priority and needs and attack those ideas first. Life is a party, you will always have time for that. Friends will understand if they are true friends. Everyone else doesn’t matter.


September is the start of a new year. It is not quite, champagne and balloons yet, but it represents a new beginning. Every September students and professionals go back to the grind. Don’t be that person who, talks about doing things and never get’s it done. We all talk about this person and often fall in the same category at times. Put your words into action and do what it takes to be a head. What are you going to do to make this “new”year better than any other year?

As years go by, you will slowly understand the preparation, both mentally and physically to start fresh, and get off to a good start. The only people I know that can start poorly and still win are Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Muhammad Ali. I guess and a few others. Once you get on their laugh, you’ll have nothing to worry about 😉

Start the grind early!

In the mean time, continue to #BeAwesome



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BeAwesome: #190 Comfy

BeAwesome: #190 Comfy

Never get too close. Never get to comfy– Anonymous


Get comfy but not to comfy. Get comfy with the realization that you can do what ever you want in life. Be relaxed and come to an agreement with yourself that today and tomorrow are going to be the best two days of your life. Think about the possibilities of being comfy in your very own skin. Be comfy with your mind and your idea of success and how you are going to get there. Put on some pyjamas. Grab a pillow and get comfy. Be at ease with your own thoughts and the direction you are headed. Be comfy with the people around you, the supporters of your habits and ideas fully. Want to be comfortable with others and their opinions on self. Be comfy with your work. If you are not comfy you need to figure out a way to get comfy. Why live a life without comfort. Or living comfy. Life is about living comfy and doing what you love while being successful. Those who are AWESOME are comfy. We are comfy because we do what we love. Or are on a path of doing so. We know that it takes uncomfortable to be comfy. Comfy  


BeAwesome: #189 Smile

BeAwesome: #189 Smile

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight- Phyllis Diller

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose- Tom Wilson 


Like to smile. Smiling is contiguous. If you find someone who doesn’t like to smile. Smile anyways. Smile when it is tough. Make them smile. Of course there is a time and a place for smiling but “most” times, smiling is okay. Be careful when you smile. Smiling has the power to put you (yeah you) in a good mood. It will not only help you but the people around you as well. Smile at yourself. Love the way you smile (even if it is side ways or crooked 😉 Smiling will boost your confidence. Smiling makes others jealous or curious of your happiness. Tell others to smile. Use your smile as motivation. The first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning is smile. Some individuals go hours without smiling (for a variety of reasons). You should always take a second, minute or even an hour out of your day to smile or be happy. Life is way too short to spend an entire day upset or unhappy. Those who are AWESOME smile. We smile because we realize what it can do for our day. We realize what it can do for the people around us. To smile, means you are unselfish. To smile means you are dedicated to making others happy. Smile


BeAwesome: #150 Beyond

BeAwesome: #150 Beyond

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them- Albert Einstein 

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them- Bruce Lee 


Is their anyone who wants to go beyond the average expectation? Is their anyone willing to go beyond the average stereotype. The average racial slur. The average comment about your weight. The average disagreement or put down about your clothing. The average negative thought or facial expression. Is there anyone who wants to go beyond all of that. Anyone willing to go beyond their limits? Go beyond mediocre. Go beyond the average score or regular time. Internal motivation is what will get you there. Internal motivation is what will help you go beyond. Beyond the average walk in the park. Beyond the average practice or workout. You have to believe you can go beyond before you are successful. Anyone who is successful has believed at some point in their life that they are going to go beyond all critics and nay-sayers. A strong attitude and a positive outlook of life is the key. Those who are AWESOME go beyond. Again, being average is not a goal. Going well beyond is the picture. Beyond