A few ways to join in the new school year fun, even if these days you’re more ‘Director of Marketing’ than ‘Directed Study’!
* Get a head-to-toe new, first-day outfit
Do you remember the emotional minefield that was shopping for the perfect first-day outfit? Something trendy and flattering, but it couldn’t look like you were trying to hard and you didn’t want to get it at Target because you knew everyone else would be buying their new outfits there? And then trying said outfit on in front of your BFF and critiquing it? And laying it out on your bed the night before the first day of school?
These days we probably never buy an entirely new outfit. But wouldn’t it be fun to consult the September issues and – using your best thrifting and sales rack skills – assemble a killer ensemble? The sort of look that would leave Matt Lueck breathless in Algebra class?
* Find a new bag
* Stock up on fantastic new office supplies
Sharpie Mini Marker $1.25, World Map Notebook, $11, Blah File Folders $10, staple-free stapler $9, Keep Calm and Carry On Journal $9, Penguin Paper Clips $8, Erasers – Delete Eraser $4 Is my Virgo showing if I tell you that few things excite me more than an empty notebook, full of possibilities? I love cracking the spine, flipping through those flawless pages and jotting away with a big fat ink pen. Don’t you want to refill your desk with novelty paper clips, clever file folders and one of those multi-colored pens, ala fourth grade? I know I do!
Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean you should let your brain turn to rice pudding. Listen to some en-smartening songs, enroll in a continuing education class or log onto any of these gajillion free online course offered by real universities. Universities like MIT and Tufts! Or you can test the smarts you already have with games like Free Rice.
* Catch up with old friends
* Decorate a door
When you were in high school, it was the inside of your locker. When you were in college, it was the door to your dorm room. But now? You can’t quite give yourself over to decorating your apartment in that manner of cut out magazine photos and overexposed photos of you and your bestie at a kegger. But what if the inside of your closet door was completely devoted ripped out magazine pages, inspirational quotes and one of those roller-coaster photos of you and your BFF? Bonus points if you can do this with pages from a Sassy magazine.
* Say thank you to a teacher
You probably already know this, but teachers are overworked, underpaid and totally sick of these damn kids who text in class (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a teacher). I like to believe that I get paid in karma (in addition to my $2 salary) and some of that karmic payment comes in the form of thanks from former students. It can be as simple as an email saying “Your support really meant a lot to me. I can’t believe I’m majoring in Biology!” That stuff makes all the hard work worth it.
Are you heading back to school soon? Are you excited? If you’re out of school, do you miss it?