Annie Leblanc: How To Have The Best School Year Ever!
Annie Leblanc has all the advice you need!
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!
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.