When summer comes to a close, going back to school is often a reality that many students don’t want to face. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Here are 20 fun ideas to get you excited about going back to school, and start your year off right!
1.) Buy new stationery
Sometimes the little things can be the most exciting. When I have a lot of schoolwork, nothing cheers me up more than having cute stationery. Consider investing in quality notebooks, planners, and pens before the school year starts. Taking notes with quality pens in nice notebooks is a great way to get you more motivated and excited to do your work.
2.) Buy a new laptop
As the new school year rolls in, secure your everyday study needs by treating yourself to a new laptop. It will help you start the year off fresh, will carry you through a good few years of work, and will make you motivated about getting back to work again.
3.) Throw A Summer BBQ
Take advantage of the dog days of summer by gathering your closet friends, and throwing a BBQ party! Fire up the grill, start a round of drinks, blast the music and enjoy the last days of the summer while getting excited with your friends about going back to school!
4.) Get a Closet Makeover
Fall might mean going back to school, but it also means back to school shopping! If you want to go back to school all dressed up to impress, then take advantage of this time to grab yourself a few new outfits to wear for the school year!
5.) Have a Pool Party
Make the most of your free time and warm weather by throwing a pool party! Throw some cute pool floats into the pool, blast the best jams of the summer, grab all your friends and you’re all set!
6.) Do a Home-Made Brunch
Before school starts, set aside a weekend where you invite family and friends over for a homemade brunch! Brunch parties are so much fun because they can last for hours, are full of great food, and a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones.
7.) Take a Road Trip
Whether it’s solo or with your friends, squeeze in some last-minute traveling by planning a road trip! The great thing about road trips is that they allow you plenty of freedom and flexibility, are budget-friendly, and will always be fun and memorable. Also, it will give you something to talk about when you have reunited with your friends again back at school!
8.) Do A Beach Day
Beach days are a great way to let loose and unwind before the school year starts again. Have fun in the sun with your favorite recreational water activities or if you’re feeling more laid-back, sit back and relax with your favorite book. Stay until evening to watch the sunset, then wrap up your day by cozying up next to a bonfire making s’mores.
9.) Do A Book Swap
An inexpensive yet fun way to celebrate back to school is to set up a book swap with your friends! Exchange your summer reading books for new ones to enjoy before school resumes. This is a fun way to boost productivity, and exercise your reading muscles for the upcoming school year.
10.) Create A Bucket List For The School Year
Before the school year starts, try writing down a few things you would like to accomplish by the end of the year. It can be something as simple as “join a club” to something as ambitious as “buy a new apartment.” Anything that you hope to accomplish next year, write it down. Then refer to it throughout the year to remind yourself that it is attainable. By the end of the year, you’ll probably be surprised at how much you achieved!
11.) Do A Fall Photo Shoot
Doing a photo shoot is a fun and unique way to celebrate back to school. During the beginning of the school year, the fall foliage makes for the perfect artsy Instagram post. Add these photos to your Instagram and Vsco feeds, and then try taking some professional headshots for your LinkedIn profile! Either way, your Insta feed, and profile photo game will be on fleek.
12.) Give Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies to Friends
Baking cookies is a simple yet personal way to spread the love. Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and then hand them out to all your friends on the first day of school. It’s an easy but sure way to brighten up their first day back and will leave them smiling throughout the day.
13.) Get A Haircut
Out with the old, in with the new! If you’re feeling more daring, start off your new school year with a haircut! It will leave you feeling refreshed and give you the confidence boost necessary to take on the upcoming school year.
14.) New Backpack!
Pack your bag and get ready for the quickly approaching semester! If you find that your backpack is a few years old and looking like it’s seen better days, then it might be time to swap it out. Use this opportunity to invest in a new one that is cute and will fit all your daily school necessities!
15.) Create A Study Playlist
If you’re like me and like to listen to music while you study, then take some time to put together the ultimate study playlist before the school year begins. Then, throughout the year, you’ll have a go-to playlist ready to use whenever you need it.
16.) Do A Movie Night
If you and your friends are all back at home during the summer, take advantage of your time together and plan a movie night! This is the perfect event for right before you all go back to school. Cozy up together under the blankets with some popcorn, take this time to catch up on all summer antics, and relax before assignments start up again.
17.) Start Filling Out A Planner
Give yourself a head start by filling out your planner with your school schedule, and any other important assignments, dates, or events that might be coming up. Make it more enjoyable by using fun colors, and putting stars next to the things you’re most excited about. This way you will be organized and prepared what’s to come!
18.) Get A Last-Minute Tan
If summer flew by faster than you expected, and you haven’t gotten your summer tan in, there is still time! Kick back, relax, and enjoy the sun during your last few days of break, before the hard-work and winter darkness sets in once again.
19.) Make A List Of Clubs You Want To Join
The first days back at school are often filled with orientations and club fairs that give you an opportunity to join your favorite clubs. Browse your school’s club listings online, and make a list of all the clubs you’d like to join. That way, on club fair day, you can go straight to the booth that you want to sign up for.
20.) Create DIY Plants For Your Dorm
Having potted plants in your dorm is a great way to personalize your room and ward off stress during the busy school year. They will also give you a fun DIY project to do beforehand! You can either buy pre-made planting kits or the soil and seeds separately. Either way, nurturing and raising a plant is a simple yet fun activity that will surely liven up your room!
I hope that these ideas helped inspire your back-to-school celebration plans! Let us know how you’re planning on celebrating back to school in the comments below!
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Allison Havermale grew up in sunny San Diego, California. She is a senior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is majoring in English Language & Literature. She has a passion for food, literature, traveling, fashion, and beauty, and is hoping to pursue a writing career in one of those fields. When she’s not reading or writing, you can usually catch her at the beach or grabbing brunch with friends!