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By Angela Choksi, Barrington 

Returning back to school after a break can be taxing for many students. The “back to school depression” often sets in, and that, coupled with the gloomy weather that accompanies Winters in Chicago, is not a great motivator for students to in effect be “good” students, and get back into the routine of quizzes, tests, homework assignments, time management, and extracurricular activities. For me personally, a sunny day can be all the difference needed to brighten up my day a bit, literally, but, since that’s hard to come around during January in Chicago, here are some ideas that may help you get back into the swing of school, and allow you to not be as depressed about school starting again.

  1. Set aside at least 30 minutes a day just for yourself. Do things that you love during that time. This can range from playing video games, to playing catch with your dog, to watching your favorite TV show, or catching up with a friend for some coffee. Use this time to relax, and rejuvenate yourself. Give yourself a break after a hard worked day at school!
  2. Eat a piece of chocolate every couple of days. I know, I know, it has some calories, but chocolate has proven to provide “happy endorphins,” that will surely lighten up your mood, and hopefully give you the motivation needed to get some school work done.
  3. Space out your school work. Try working on a singular subject for about 30-40 minutes, and then switch to another one so as to give your mind a break from studying similar material. This will surely help you retain material more effectively, and will give you time to process what you have already learnt so as to prevent your eyes from glazing over similar material.
  4. Spend time with your family. Eat dinner together, and discuss how your day went. Talking to others certainly helps one to be happier, and laughing at something funny will help liven your mood.
  5. Lastly, don’t procrastinate. I know that you have probably heard this a million times, but its still just as applicable as it was in the beginning of the year when your teachers probably talked to you about it. Procrastinating will definitely have your work pile up, and especially if you are taking AP or Honors classes, keeping up with all of it may be difficult if you neglect it. My advice is making a daily or even weekly timetable with a list of “to-do” things that will help you keep things in perspective, and remain on track for your classes, and assignments.

I hope this helps with with your back to school anxiety, and, if nothing else works, you can always eat some more chocolate 🙂

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About angelachoksi

Angela Choksi is a Junior at Barrington High School. She currently serves as the Captain of her high school's Debate Team, started a successful Poetry Club, and is an Executive Member of her school's Fine Art's Board, Relay for Life, UNICEF Club, as well as the Barrington Giving Day Board, among other extracurriculars like Math Team, Spanish Club, and Scholastic Bowl, all while managing a rigorous AP course load. She plays Badminton and Tennis for her school, and is a voracious reader, a lover of Classics, and Non-Fiction. She loves learning new languages, and is fluent in 5, including, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, English, and Spanish. She wishes to major in Economics and Political Science, while minoring in Foreign Policy and Finance, and hopes to attend Law School. She loves keeping up with current affairs, and her favorite pastimes are spending time with her family, and her puppy, Coco, and volunteering her time to help better her community. She is a trained classical Kathak dancer, and an accomplished Pianist. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding Community Service, including the Presidential Service Award, as well as Academic Awards for Congressional Debate, and Business Professionals of America, where she was a National Qualifier in the Interview Skills and Human Resource Management categories.

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