Back to School Tips


Maddie Clark, Social Media Editor

1. Eat Breakfast

Yes, yes, you’ve heard this one before a million times, but it is true. Eating breakfast is a good start to your day. It doesn’t have to be a big, momentous occasion. All you have to do is pop a piece of bread in the toaster, spread some butter or peanut butter on it, and run out the door. Just don’t leave the house on an empty stomach!

2. Get your outfit out the night before

You might think this is fairly silly but it really isn’t if you think about it. You waste so much time figuring out what you want to wear that day. Doing it the night before allows you to get to school earlier or on time and have more free time in the morning.

3. Dress warmly

You don’t have to dress like a nun, but I wouldn’t wear shorts and a t-shirt. We all know North is freezing cold, which is why I think it is in your best interest to dress warmly when you go to school. Maybe just bring a sweatshirt along with you when you come to school just in case you do get cold.

4. Use your planner

The school gives you a planner for a reason. You’ll be much more successful if you keep track of what you have to do. There have been many times that I forget that I have an assignment to do, and my planner helps me to remember it.

5. Make sure you have enough pencils

No one wants to have to ask the teacher or a friend for a pencil or use the loud pencil sharpener during class; that is not a way to make a good first impression for the school year. Make sure to keep a ton of pencils — mechanical or wooden — to avoid this predicament.

6. Don’t walk slow in the hallway

We all have classes we need to get to. Don’t hold up the hallway with your plans for the night. You can easily have that conversation in your next class. Please, we are all begging you.

7. Make sure your Chromebook is charged

Your Chromebook is your lifeline in school. You write papers for ELA, watch EdPuzzle videos for AP Chemistry, and play games during study hall on your Chromebook. Having that thing charged is essential. Plug it in as soon as you are done doing your homework on it so you can ensure to have a fully charged Chromebook the next day.

8. Don’t go to bed late

We’ve all seen the stats that say teenagers should be getting 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Now, while a high schooler often finds it impossible to get that much sleep, you still need to go to bed at a reasonable hour. How else are you going to get rid of those bags underneath your eyes and stay awake during class?

9. Come to school earlier to get a good parking spot

No one wants to get to school at 6:30 every morning to get a good parking spot, but it seems that finding parking at North is a very difficult task. However, if you show up at 7:10, you can get a pretty good parking spot.

10. Follow the Noctiluca on social media

Stay up to date on all things Appleton North by following the Noctiluca on all of our social media. You can find us @NorthNoct on Twitter and Instagram and @NorthNoctiluca on Snapchat.