This article was posted a year ago but is still helpful to those heading to school in the next few days.
Starting the New School Year Right
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. Proverbs 21:5
You may enjoy this humorous story as much as I did: “A college freshman was giving her friend a tour of the college she attended. She pointed out the various recreational sights in the area and the numerous places for eating out. When they returned to the dorm, the freshman reminded her visiting friend that they needed to be quiet because her roommates were studying. Before they entered the room she whispered to her friend, “All they do is study. Honestly, I don’t even know why they came to college.”” (Ministry127)
It was Francis Bacon who said: “Crafty men condemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them.” We must be wise in our approach to the new school year. Thinking and planning ahead is commended in the Scripture. The person who is diligent in his thoughts will have results that end in plenty. Nearly all of us would want not only “passing grades” but “excelling grades” for each class we take!
Apply this truth of diligence to the education department of your life and you can learn how to become successful in your pursuit of learning in this new school year. Go for more than an “A+.” These truths can work no matter if you are entering kindergarten or college.
Whether a student or a parent of a student, this list will help you think through the start of the new year to enable you to “Start the New School Year Right.”
- Have a Good Attitude. Attitude is of paramount importance as you plan for a new school year. Whether you have 0 or 15 years of schooling, each year is new and different. There can be some intimidation that comes with new teachers, new subjects, and new classmates. Speak with enthusiasm about the new school year. Talk openly of fears, then resolve to have Bible faith to face those fears and move past them. Avoid those who speak ill of teachers, class, or school. Don’t listen to them. Focus on the positives and be consistent to speak often of the great potential for learning and growing. Good attitudes are reflected in our words and actions. Your effort in studies is affected by your attitude. Have a good attitude and purpose to look forward to each school day.
- Have Personal Discipline. Leave early for class. If school starts at 8:10 AM. Plan to arrive at 8:00 AM. If it takes you 20 minutes to drive to school, leave 30 minutes early. Much of the hasty, rushing feeling and frustration on the first day can be avoided by being more disciplined with your time and when you actually leave the house or dorm room to make it to class.
- Have a Healthy Breakfast. You have heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Not only does it help maintain metabolism and even fights against obesity, breakfast can stimulate the mind and get the “thinking juices” going after a night of sleep and “fasting.” Breaking the fast is important to the developing mind and body. Inattentiveness, sleepiness and attitudes are all affected in a positive way when a healthy breakfast has been enjoyed.
- Have a Devotional Time. Take a few moments to pray for each day to be the best day of this school year. Read some Scripture and meditate on the Bible verses you have read to help encourage you and to guide your learning ethic and relational skills throughout the school day. Dedicate your pursuit of learning to the Lord each day.
- Have a Flexible Spirit. Not everything will go as planned. That is all right! God is still in control and He will help you through each day. Things will come up that delay you, sidetrack you, and even slow you down from reaching your daily goals. If you stop and focus on the distractions, then you will not achieve the learning that you need for that day. Be flexible, and then learn how to refocus.
Those who rush thoughtlessly to the classroom may make a passing grade, but they may not learn all that they could have if they do not have these principles guiding them. Many people come up short in knowledge because they do not think, plan, and execute their plan for success in the classroom.
You can do better than merely get a good grade on paper. Ask the Lord to help you start the new school year right. Then go on to have the best year in school that you have ever had!