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Seven tips to survive the first few days of boarding school


You’ve made it to campus and are settled into your dorm room ready to get started at boarding school. You may even have been to a welcome event and made some friends. But, classes are right around the corner, which can be stressful. Don't worry though, because we have seven things you need to know to survive the first few days of boarding school:

1. Save a copy of the campus map to your phone or tablet.

Finding your way around a new campus can be confusing, so make sure you save the campus map to your phone for quick access. You may even want to make it your background for the first few days of school. Schools like Cheshire Academy even offer mobile-friendly interactive maps right on the website. 

2. Charge your device every night

If your school is an iPad school or laptop school, make sure your device is charged every night so you start the day on a fresh battery. Close all unnecessary apps on phones and tablets to prolong battery life, and consider carrying a back-up charging device in case you get low. Don't forget to charge the back-up, too!

3. Get plenty of sleep

Your devices aren’t the only things that need power, so do you. Recharge your batteries every night by going to bed at a decent hour. Use earplugs or eye masks if you need to block out sound or light to get enough rest.

4. Set multiple alarms to wake up

You’re in a new place and are responsible for getting up and going in the morning. To make sure you don’t oversleep, set multiple alarms on your phone or tablet, and have a battery-powered backup alarm, too. This way, you can’t accidentally turn off your alarm in the morning and oversleep.

5. Eat healthy meals and hydrate

Your body and mind need fuel to power through what can often be a stressful transition as you get used to a new daily routine. Make sure you’re eating healthy meals and are hydrating properly by drinking enough water throughout the day. Carry a water bottle with you so you can sip throughout the day.

6. Review your class information BEFORE you start classes

Most boarding schools have online portals to access class information. Be sure to read over the materials that your teachers provide BEFORE the first day of class so you are prepared and don’t miss important details regarding the first few classes.

7. Relax and have fun

This is the most important thing to remember. While the first few days of boarding school can be stressful, remember that you’re here to live, learn and have fun. Boarding school life will be second nature to you before you know it.

Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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