How to Get Ready Before the First Day of School

Two Parts:The Day Before SchoolThe Morning of the First Day of School

It's the day before school starts. You need to look fabulous, and be relaxed. If you give yourself a little time in the morning and plan ahead, you'll be looking great without any stress!

Part 1
The Day Before School

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    Purchase your school supplies. Arguably the most important thing you can do in preparing for your first day is making sure you have all of the equipment you need. The types of materials you'll need will vary from class to class. A lot of high school classes will have some sort of online webpage that will post the recommended materials you should bring. Print off a copy for each list of materials and take them to an office supplies store. Certain things, like pens and paper, will be used for virtually all classes, so you can buy a single stack for use throughout your school year. Here are some things you'll almost certainly need for your first day:
    • A backpack with comfortable shoulder straps
    • A sturdy binder, filled with ruled paper
    • Pens (red and black) and HB pencils
    • Spiral-bound notebooks; one for each class you're enrolled in
    • A pair of scissors
    • A scientific calculator and graphed paper, if you're doing mathematics
    • A small vial of hand sanitizer
    • A portable USB drive, for saving computer work.
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    Prepare your clothes. Choose the clothes you'll wear for the week and ensure that they're cleaned and prepared for wearing, including ironing if needed. Polish your shoes and check that you've got fresh underwear as well. It can speed things up to decide ahead of each day what you'll wear if you don't have a uniform.
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    Prepare your lunch. Make the parts of your lunch that you can make the night before and place in the fridge. The next morning, take the made things from the fridge, add these and any packaged things to your lunch bag and finish up the last things needed. This will speed up time for you each day. (Don't expect your parents to keep making your lunches, you can definitely do it and in doing so, can decide what you'll be getting!)

Part 2
The Morning of the First Day of School

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    Wake up with plenty of time to get ready. Depending on what time your school starts, when your bus comes, or when your parents have to leave, wake up about an hour and a half beforehand to prepare yourself. Example: Your bus comes at 7:00 and you have to be there 5 minutes before it comes you should wake up at about 5:30. Yeah, it's early, but it's worth it.
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    Have food. Once you wake up, go and eat a good breakfast. Have eggs, toast, cereal that's not too sugary, etc. No toaster pastries, but do not skip breakfast. you'll regret it all day.
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    Clean yourself. After that, go to the bathroom and shower, if you didn't the night before. If you did, quickly freshen up by putting deodorant on. And body spray, or perfume, or whatever. Make yourself smell nice. If one day you forget to shower and don't have time in the morning, at least rinse your hair some and maybe try "dry shampoo" spray.
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    Brush your teeth. Don't skip this. Do you really want people to smell morning breath? Everyone has it. Brush for at least 3 minutes for that extra whiteness. It will make your smile much more flattering and approachable. If you want to whiten up your smile a bit try mixing lime or lemon juice with baking soda and scrub your teeth with it, then brush your teeth, but only once a week, or else it will weaken your teeth.
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    Comb your hair and style it. Some great hair ideas are the classic ponytail, curled pigtails, waves, French braids, or just simply wear your hair down. Curl, straighten, part...the possibilities are endless. Do not overdo it. But don't under do it either. Make it look like your hair required effort. And please, if you do shower in the morning, dry your hair before you leave. Wet head = bad impression.
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    Finally, comes the task of getting dressed. Ahh, clothes. Make sure everything thing you want to wear is clean and set out the night before.
    • Pick out the bottoms. Jeans are cool, slacks say serious, shorts say laid back, a skirt says girly, and a dress says Wow, someone tried hard this morning.
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    • Shirt. Not a long sleeve, it is likely too hot, because no matter where you are, students typically start school in August or September. So short sleeved, or tank top if the school allows it. Make it a good one,
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    • Shoes. They should complement the colors in your outfit and share the same "style".
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    • Accessories. Don't overdo it, just a few pieces of jewelry. make them coordinate with the outfit.
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    Wear makeup if you want to. If you are allowed to and like wearing makeup go easy on it. Put on some mascara and lipgloss for a very light look if you want to you can put on a little it of eyeliner (don't look like a raccoon) and some foundation or powder. A tip if eyeliner makes your eyes look small, don't use the eyeliner on the inner corner of the eye. Starting on the outside corner, draw a line only 2/3 of the way towards the other side. When you completely surround your eye with eyeliner on both top and bottom, you close it up and it looks smaller.
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    Look in the mirror to make sure your hair and clothes are fine.
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    Be confident. Act confident. Be nice and say hi to everyone and do your best. So many opportunities are lost when you are shy.


  • Usually before the first day of school you often get really apprehensive and can't go to sleep, and that will cause you to sleep late and get tired the next day, so don't be worried!
  • Your face is not a coloring book, so don't over do it with the makeup. Keep it natural!
  • Always use chapstick, it helps keep your lips soft and smooth!
  • Don't be someone you're not on the first day. Be yourself, and others will like you for yourself. Relax, and remember that everyone else wants to make a great first impression just like you.
  • If you want to, it is really fun to go to the mall, and buy a back-to-school outfit. Make sure you can mix and match the clothes you buy with the clothes you already have.
  • If you are going to paint your nails, do it a few days before the first day of school. If you aren't that great at painting nails, see if you can go to a nail salon.
  • Try to befriend the new kids so that they perceive you as nice, cool and outgoing. Who knows, maybe you're making a great friend !
  • Feel confident and tell yourself that you are going to have a great day. People can tell when you aren't confident and if the mean kids see that you lack self confidence, they might bully you.
  • Shave your legs (if you shave) the night before, or the morning of. Whenever you shower. Don't forget to put lotion on your legs to make them extra smooth!
  • Try to get your brain back into shape by reviewing notes from the previous year, reading a book, etc.); it is a good idea to have a good impression for the teachers especially new ones.
  • Don't save the best outfit for the first day because no one ever really remembers how you looked the first day. Instead, try looking good everyday!


  • Don't dress too special because you're not going to look like that everyday for the rest of the year. Look like yourself.

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