If you've been feeling stressed/depressed/excited/nervous about the start of school, we feel your pain. This is definitely a time when everyone's on a roller coaster of emotions. All you can really do is ride it out (and not scream too much).
If you're starting a new school, that roller coaster probably has some extra loops and dips. Remember that you're not on it alone, and others have gone before you. We've gathered together our best advice and tips in one place to help things go a little more smoothly:
Advice from the Mentors and experts on all sorts of new-school drama, from lockers to uniforms to getting organized.
And of course, you can read about other IML'ers' experiences on the "Going To A New School" You Said It page.
We'll send you off with our list of the Top Five Reasons Why Going To A New School Can Be Pretty Awesome:
5) You know that teacher you never quite got along with? Not there. You won't see him in the halls. You won't have to pass her classroom. Phew.
4) Most people weren't around for that horrifyingly embarrassing thing that happened last year. And if they were, they won't remember for much longer, because pretty soon somebody else will do something even more embarrassing, and you will quietly thank them for it.
3) There will be at least one thing that's much better than your old school. Maybe it'll be a bigger or better-located locker. Or a great new teacher. Or no more uniforms. Or a club or team you can't wait to join. Keep a lookout for that thing. Even when it seems like everything else kinda stinks, you'll find it.
2) The new cafeteria's "Mystery Meat" will taste different than your old cafeteria's "Mystery Meat."
And 1) Three words: Fresh. Crush. Material. (Yeah!)
Good luck to all of you!