Back To School Advice

Back To School Advice

Going back to school can be a difficult time for many reasons. It can also be exciting and a fresh start. Whatever your emotions towards the start of the new school year – dread or excitement – if you are anything like I was through school, you will be looking at advice videos or reading helpful blogs about going back to school. With that being said, I thought I would make my own blog post, to share the catalogue of advice I have received from others but also gained from personal experience.

I have also uploaded a video over for my YouTube channel about the same topics, and so it will be linked at the bottom of this post.

• What’s In My School Bag? •

I used to watch videos and read blog posts about this all the time! I wanted to know what to take to school on my first day, but also was aware that I would get lists from teachers on my first day of equipment I needed. So, with that in mind, here is what I would take:

  • Make-up = concealer, powder, powder brush, lip gloss and balm
  • Hair bobbles and hair grips
  • Hair brush
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Spray/ deodorant 

For stationary, I would just keep the basic essentials and, as I said, wait for the lists from my teachers.

• Makeup and Skin •

For makeup, I would say wearing a mix/compromise of whatever you are comfortable wearing and whatever you are allowed to have on is the ideal. There can be pressure to wear makeup but just wear whatever you feel is appropriate for your school and try not to put too much pressure on yourself – if you don’t want to wear makeup don’t, if you do want, to where what is suited. There is also no need to spend loads of money, drugstore makeup is fab – and finding a natural look in the drugstore is easy to do!

For skin, I struggled with my skin through school and did a whole separate post on this which I will leave here (I hope it helps):
>> https://www.evemartha.co.uk/2018/08/acne-my-experience-and-advice.html <<

• Stress at School •

If you struggle with the workload, planning and being organised is so helpful. Having time set aside for specific work and utilising that time makes everything less daunting. Speaking to teachers if workload is difficult is also helpful as they will have advice and may be able to give you an extension.


When I was 13/14 my anxiety made it difficult for me to be in school and like many that meant I missed classes and fell behind. Luckily for me, my teachers and family were very understanding and helped me to get back into school gradually.

If this is something you are experiencing, I would definitely recommend speaking to teachers as they will be able to help and work with you. As well as this, speaking to someone at home and to a GP is also key. I know that it can be difficult to open up but it’s helpful to remember:

WE ALL HAVE MENTAL HEALTH – it’s so important that we talk about it!

Within the school environment having techniques is also useful, whether that be breathing exercises or having something within the school day to look forward to – for example a club or society. Techniques are something you learn along the way.

If this isn’t something you experience, but perhaps a friend or classmate does, be compassionate and offer friendship and support – having caring people around you can be really helpful in terms of mental health.

I feel as though this topic could be a separate blog post in itself because there is so much I want to say in order to try and help, but for now here are some useful links if you want to read more:

If you have any of your own helpful links, please leave them in the comments.

• Making Friends and Meeting New People •

This can be something that is challenging to many starting a new school year. I know that it is something I find daunting about starting university and even though I love meeting new people, it can be scary. If this is something you feel as well, it is key to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Whether that be striking up a conversation or joining a club, pushing yourself to be in situations where it’s easier to make friends (like a society/club) can be really helpful and great for finding like-minded people. Also know it is a gradual process, so don’t be disheartened if you haven’t made a friend on the first day, it will happen gradually and over time.

I hope this blog post is helpful. I spoke more in depth about these topics and more over on my YouTube Channel, so watch the video here for more advice:

Good luck with the new school year and I hope this blog post as put your more at ease about the fresh start.
Please leave any further questions in the comments and I would be more than happy to answer!

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