Originally Answered: How can I make this the best school year ever?
Teachers- Get. On. Their. Good. Side. Don't be a teachers pet, because nobody likes those, but don't talk back. I have gotten away with so much because I get on all of my teachers' good sides. [example: my math teacher gave me extra time on a math test because she knew I was struggling. the extra time saved my butt! (and my grade!) ]
Friends- Eight grade brings drama. I'm just warning you, stay out of it. Life is wayy to short to spend it fighting with friends! Be that cool member of whatever cliche of friends you're in..the one who never gets involved in the drama!(;
Boys- Depends on who you are. I refused to get involved with any boys until high school. (I should have just said college, haha. ) It was tough rejecting the offers from the cute boys that would ask me out, but totally worth it. I wanted to focus on grades. In my opinion, saving boy drama until high school at least it totally worth it. [and as I learned once I started dating: it's not even completely worth it then.]
Studying- SO important. Get into good study habits. Set aside time for each class every night so you can study. Studying a little bit each day is SO much easier than cramming for tests! (I'm currently ranked #2 in my Junior class, so I know what I'm talking about! (: )
Organization- Almost as important as studying. Get a (different colored, if you can) binder for each class, and a notebook to match. If you have a locker, buy a little magnetic pencil holder. Get a little planner so you can write down all homework assignments. And, if you want to be as insanely organized as myself, make a calendar for each class for every month. For example, I currently have five calendars hanging on the back of my door. The first is for extra curricular activities and community service events (need them for national honors society and college) and four more for each of my classes this semester. I write down all tests coming up, long term assignments, events, ect. for that specific class. It helps SO much. And for God's sake; get a backpack. I've had the same basic Jansport backpack since 8th grade..it's super cute (and not little kiddish) and has a lifetime warranty. :D
Homework- DO. IT. I've never missed a homework assignment in my life. I'm not kidding. That said, I've also: pulled all-nighters, spent my hour bus ride in the morning doing it, done it in/between classes, done some at lunch (as much as I hate it), ect. Just get it done. It can be a major grade booster! Also- don't copy anyone. That's really low, and will end up getting you in trouble.
Good luck with everything!(: