You've seen the back-to-school ads on TV, you've witnessed the aisles and aisles of school supplies freshly stocked in your local Wal-Mart, it's that time of year once again. The summer is nearly at it's end and it's time to face the inevitable: school is back. But don't forget, school isn't ALL bad. Here are a few reminders of how school can actually be kind of fun. Who knows, by the end of this post you may even be counting down the days until your return to those familiar halls.

1. Seeing your friends every day

Whether you were away at summer camp, on a family vacation, or just chilling at home, it’s unlikely that you saw your friends as much as during the summer as you do during the school year. Back to school means reuniting with the friends you haven’t seen since June, and seeing the ones you were able to see even more frequently! Nothing is more fun than hanging out with your friends, even if it is at school.

2. Clubs & Sports

If you’re involved in school - whether you’re the captain of the soccer team, the president of student council, or a valuable member of the debating club - we don’t need to tell you how much fun getting involved can be! However, for those less eager to join in we want you to know that although you may think you’ve seen all your school has to offer, you never know what new clubs or teams will be started each year. With the addition of a new faculty member or a student campaign, your school may have numerous new opportunities for you to get involved. If you’re still unconvinced, create your own club! Think of a few ideas before school starts and share them with your friends on social media to see if anyone else would be interested in joining. Here are a few ideas for fun clubs and sports you could bring to your school:

  • Cupcake Club
  • Improv Comedy Club
  • Board Game Club
  • Quidditch Team
  • Ultimate Frisbee Team

3. School Trips

Everyone knows the best days in school are those when your class goes on a field trip. Just think of all the great moments you’ve had at the natural history museum, the national park, the science centre, or even your local movie theatre. This year is sure to have many more field trips in store. If you’re lucky, you may even have the opportunity to go on an overnight trip with your school. Many high schools across North America regularly run trips to major American cities rich with history, such as Boston, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, or Washington D.C., as well as trips to Europe! Ask your teachers about this at the start of the school year, and make sure your name is on the list to receive more information. If your teachers need a bit of persuasion, here are a few of the top travel companies that cater specifically to high school trips:

4. Fun Classes

One of the best things about getting older is that each new grade you enter means you have an increasing number of elective courses available to you. This means you can take a course in a subject you know you love or take a course in something you haven’t had time to learn about before but are interested in.
5. Lunch

You know by now that having classes all day makes you appreciate your lunch period that much more. Rather than sitting around waiting for that dreaded bell to ring, why don’t you take advantage of every second of your lunch break this year. Go for a walk one day and explore a new part of the neighbourhood, start a weekly book club, catch up on some homework, volunteer with a teacher, and of course, eat something delicious! Here are a few suggestions for easy, healthy lunches you can make at home that are perfect for school:Turkey-Melon Wrap. Get the recipe here.Pasta Salad with Salami and Mozzarella. Get the recipe here. Chicken and Apple Lettuce Wraps. Get the recipe here.
6. You’re One Year Older!

Though this might seem like an obvious one, have you sat down and considered what this means? Not only does this mean a wider range of interesting classes, as stated above, but it also means that you are no longer the youngest in the school! You know your way around, you know which lunch spots are the best, and you know which teachers to avoid. And the best part about getting older? With age comes wisdom, and as you are getting closer to graduating, you also understand the importance of developing effective study habits and succeeding academically, as well as the tools that will get you there. Don’t be shy to talk to a guidance counselor or hire a tutor if you’re struggling.
7. Back-to-School Shopping

Though you may not be in the market for the coolest gel pens or crayons anymore, high school comes with its own gear. Binders, locker accessories and laptop cases are an essential part of any back-to-school shopping list. Plus, every school year brings with it new fashion trends, so be sure to head to the mall (or local vintage shop) and soak in the beautiful autumn clothes, even if you’re just window shopping.
8. There’s an App for That!

There are an abundance of apps out there specifically designed to make students’ lives easier. Whether you need help with time management, scheduling a group meeting, learning a language, or doing research for a history paper, there is an app out there that can help you. Some of our favourites include:GradeSlamEasyBibDuolingoDoodle
9. Learning!

I know, I know, this sounds cheesy. But learning is an exciting, inspiring and motivating part of life. It’s what drives innovation and technology, and is essential to a functioning society. Whether you’re five years old or fifty years old, there is always something you can learn and you should work hard never to lose your curiosity. Though it may not always feel like it, your only job right now is to learn, and it’s a pretty great one. So enjoy it, and have an amazing school year!