How to Prep for Your First Day of High School


It’s hard to believe how fast the summer can fly by and before you know it’s September and it’s time to go back to school. And if you’re prepping for your first day of high school it can feel like September came out of nowhere! 

Are you stressing out? 

If you are, that’s totally normal. Starting high school is a big transition after all. 

If you’re starting to feel anxious about your first day of high school, let me help ease some of that anxiety and make sure you know exactly what steps to take to prepare for the big day.

Here are a few tips to help your first day go off without a hitch.

Get all your school supplies and shop early

It’s important to get all your school supplies, like notebooks and binders, early! You will also need things like rulers and sharpened pencils, so make sure you have time to shop for these as well. 

Early to mid-August is a great time to get all your shopping done as there are usually lots of deals, especially if you need a new laptop for school work.

You should also make plans for the first day in advance. This way you aren’t scrambling around on the first day of school trying to find your classrooms or supplies. You can pull up a floor plan on your phone a few days before and see what areas you will be getting dropped off at. Having this information ahead of time will keep you calm that first day of high school!

Establish routines

Start the school routine early. If you’re like me you probably like to sleep in and stay up late as much as possible over the summer. You’ve also likely realized how difficult it can be to suddenly switch into a new routine the night before the first day of classes. 

Let yourself ease into your school routine by going to bed and waking up a little earlier each day until you have slipped back into your regular school routine. You can start doing this 1 to 2 weeks before the beginning of classes for the easiest transition.

It’s also important to establish a routine for yourself that works best for you and helps you feel more at ease on your first day and throughout the year. Decide what time you will wake up every morning, what time you’ll start your homework and where you’ll study, and when to relax. Then make sure you stick with those same routines every day so that they become habits.

Plan healthy meals

It’s tempting, especially when anxiety kicks in, to reach for the quickest and sweetest snack options for your lunch. But nutrition is important for academic success and keeps our brains awake for the school day. Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast and pack a proper lunch (not just a bunch of snacks). Trust me it’s a lot easier to stay awake in those boring classes when you’ve eaten properly. 🙂

Here are some tips for a healthy week of meals:

  • Try and fit 1 protein, 1 carb, and 1 veggie each day.
  • Breakfast is king – make sure you give it its due and get a protein (like eggs or oatmeal) in there and toss in some fruit to make it extra delicious.

If you’re looking for some homemade options for lunch snacks check these out – they might not all be super healthy but homemade is always more delicious so it’s hard to argue.

Know your transportation situation

Make sure you know how you’re getting to school before classes start. There’s really nothing worse than waking up and realizing you’ve missed your ride and will be late on your first day.

  • If you take the school bus, make sure you know which stop. 
  • If you walk, make sure you know how long it takes ahead of time so you won’t be late on day 1. 
  • If you take the city bus, make sure you have bus tickets or change in your backpack. 
  • If you get a ride, make sure you’re not the only one getting out of bed on time.

Take a tour of the school

It’s a good idea to take a tour of the school before you start. This way, you can get an idea of the layout of your new school which will help keep you from getting lost that first week. 

Most schools have an orientation day for new students. Some schools have online tours available so you can still do this without physically seeing the school.

One of the most important things to know is where your classes are. Being late on your first day because you got lost doesn’t usually go over with the teachers too well. I may have shown up late to class my first day on top of missing the bus – not one of my finer moments!

Don’t forget to check out the cafeteria and scope out any hang-out spaces you can use during lunch.

Learn your locker combination

The school will assign a locker for you and you’ll either be given a lock or you’ll need to bring one with you. Make sure you learn your combination so you don’t get locked out.

It’s also helpful that first day to figure out where your locker is in relation to your classes. Will you have time to stop at your locker between each class? Or do you need to bring materials from multiple classes with you?

I also recommend investing in a fold-out locker shelf to put those winter boots under. Soggy notebooks and backpacks are kind of a bummer not to mention gross.

Your first day of high school can be stressful, but having a plan will help you get through it. So get yourself in gear before school starts to ensure a successful start to the year.

Do you have any tips for back-to-school prep?

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