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Ready for school? Some tips to prepare family for campus
Get plenty of rest, fuel up for academic year
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:07 am
by Ashley Mahoney

Prepare for the school year now to eliminate stress when it’s time to head back to campus.

Going back to school can be stressful.

There are things to do, people to see, and somehow there’s never enough time before the day arrives, and your alarm clock has commenced streaming for you to get your butt out of bed. Perhaps you aren’t the one heading back to class.

Maybe you have to worry about preparing the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or perhaps you’re the teacher, which is a whole different ball game.
So how can you simplify the stress of school? We don’t have all the answers, but we do have a few tips that could help start your schoolyear off on the right foot:

Make a list of school supplies, and check it twice.

This is a Christmas cliché, and yes, you can probably take notes on your device of choice—tablet, computer, phone, etc.—but sometimes having an actual notebook, a few pens, and a highlighter or two can help.

The night before

Get enough sleep

Seriously. Nothing screws up the first day like a lack of sleep. There’s no amount of coffee to fix this. Just go to bed early enough to get seven-eight hours of sleep.

Pack lunch

When you’re rushing out the door trying to beat the traffic, race across campus, or get the kids out the door, it’ll make your morning easier if you already have something to grab as you sprint out the door. Plus it’ll save you money—a win-win.

The day of

Eat breakfast

DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST. Nothing wrecks a day like sitting in the middle of a boring—or perhaps riveting—introduction from a professor or teacher like a growling stomach.


We love coffee. LOVE it. We understand its value, but we wouldn’t have coffee without water. Too much of the sweet nectar of the gods can dehydrate you, and much like starting the day off on an empty stomach, we don’t recommend that you faint from dehydration on your first day. It’s hot out. Drink plenty of water.

One last thing:

Be kind to everyone you see. Smile. Such a basic sentiment, but it can make all the difference. Say hi. See what happens.


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