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How Students Can Cope with the Stress of a New Year


cope with stressAlthough some students can’t wait to get back to the classroom, other students get anxious when a new year approaches. Everything from a competitive college prep curriculum to transitioning to high school can make even students who are usually confident feel nervous when the first day of school approaches. Fortunately, anxiety doesn’t have to derail the school year. Students can tackle their nerves about their new school years with these tips.

Plan Ahead
Nerves about new school years often start with not knowing what to expect. Get together with friends and compare schedules to determine what your school days will look like. For instance, you may discover that you have lunch with your best friend or that someone you want to get to know better is in your history class. If you’re new to the school, visit before the first day and find all of your classrooms so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.

Get Involved
New school years mean new opportunities to get involved with student life outside of the classroom. Explore school sports teams and afterschool clubs that interest you and consider joining. Trying a new activity is a great way to feel like you’re part of the school and to build new connections with your private school classmates.

Learn About Your Classes
Often, a class you are dreading is nothing like you expect it will be. You may find out that the chemistry class you’re worried about has lots of fun experiments that interest you or that there is lots of afterschool help for the math class you’ve heard is hard. Find out what to expect before class starts by talking to past students or even introducing yourself to the teacher. You may find out that you actually have nothing to worry about at all.

The smaller classes at Orinda Academy mean a closer connection between students and their teachers at our private school in Orinda. We welcome students with a variety of learning styles and provide a comprehensive, college prep curriculum. To learn more about our school or to schedule a campus tour, please call (925) 478-4504.