An­nie Leblanc: How To Have The Best School Year Ever!

An­nie Leblanc has all the ad­vice you need!

Girls' World - - October Contents -

Find your back-to-school style.

It feels like there’s a lot of pres­sure to choose the right look, but An­nie doesn’t think you should stress about it too much. “I’d say pick some­thing ca­sual, comfy, and some­thing you feel good in,” she smiles.

Make new friends.

“Keep an eye out for peo­ple who have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests as you,” An­nie sug­gests. “Maybe you’ll see some­one who has a cool jacket you like or you’ll find out that some­one is in mul­ti­ple classes with you. Don’t be afraid to start a con­ver­sa­tion with them about what you like or have in com­mon, and then go from there.”

Take de­tailed notes.

When we asked An­nie how she likes to study, she told us about her study strat­egy. “Pay at­ten­tion and take notes ... lots of notes!” If that doesn’t work so well for you, she has some more ad­vice: “Some­times rewrit­ing your notes or im­por­tant study points can also help.”

Raise your hand.

“When I was in ele­men­tary school, I was shy and didn’t raise my hand very much,” An­nie ad­mits. “But if I were to go back now, I would par­tic­i­pate more. It’s hard to speak up, but if you think you know the an­swer, then just go for it! Even if you don’t, you’ll then learn the right an­swer and be ready for the next time.”

Em­brace the new girl.

You should be nice to ev­ery­one in your class, but new stu­dents need a lit­tle ex­tra kind­ness be­cause they don’t know any­one yet. If you are the new girl, An­nie has some sug­ges­tions. “Be your­self, be con­fi­dent and try to do ev­ery­thing with a smile.”

Know your buds are al­ways there.

Even if they aren’t in your class! That’s a big con­cern for a lot of you, and An­nie un­der­stands. “I would prob­a­bly cry,” she jokes. “But then try

mak­ing friends in the new classes. Hope­fully, you can see your besties at lunch!”

Use your re­cess time wisely.

For An­nie, re­cess was al­ways a time to chill out, and she has one go-to ac­tiv­ity she thinks you should try. “Hang out on the mon­key bars, duh!” she laughs.

Ask for ex­tra help.

A lot of GW girls have told us they’re em­bar­rassed to ask a teacher for ex­tra help. When we asked An­nie about that, she had some wise words to share. “I haven’t been em­bar­rassed to ask my teach­ers for help, and you shouldn’t be ei­ther! They’re there to help, so don’t be afraid to ask.”

Re­spect your teacher.

“Be re­spect­ful of your teacher,” An­nie ad­vises. A lot of times stu­dents from the up­per grades whis­per about which teach­ers are strict, but re­mem­ber that doesn’t mean the teacher is “mean.” No mat­ter what, your teach­ers are push­ing you to be the best you can be be­cause they

want what’s best for you!

Don’t pro­cras­ti­nate.

An­nie’s tip for han­dling your home­work load is sim­ple: “It’s not the eas­i­est ad­vice to fol­low, but don’t pro­cras­ti­nate. Get it done!” Tack­ling your as­sign­ments right af­ter school is def­i­nitely the way to go. It’ll give you enough time to ask for help from a par­ent or a friend in your class if you need it.

“I’m go­ing into high school, and I couldn’t be more ex­cited!” An­nie tells us.

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