The 7 Stages of Mentally Preparing Yourself to Go Back To School

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It’s time to face the facts — going back to school is right around the corner. And as with every new school year beginning, you know that there are various stages of mentally preparing yourself for summer to end. Keep reading to find out which stage you’re currently going through and tell it to us in the comments below!

1. Denial. You purposely haven’t looked at a calendar since school ended, so when you finally realize just how close the new school year is, you simply can’t believe it. There’s NO WAY two months flew by that quickly, right?

2. Realization. Ohhh, so the calendar wasn’t lying? Not. Cool. School really starts in just a few weeks and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

3. Dread. Once you realize that a new school year is beckoning, you can’t help but feel your stomach sink at 10 months of waking up early, doing homework and taking tests. *GULP*

4. Urgency. A sense of urgency sets in about two seconds after the dread starts to wear off. There’s so many things you wanted to do this summer that still haven’t gotten done: Rock climbing! Netflix marathons! Getting a crazy haircut! Operation ‘be super productive’ starts, NOW!

5. Panic. Oh, remember that summer reading you swore you wouldn’t put off until the last minute? Well you have approximately two days to finish three books, so you better start freaking out now! Looks like all those summer accomplishments have to be put in the back burner in favor of The Great Gatsby, eh?

6. Determination. Psh, a little summer reading never stopped anyone! You know that once you set your mind to it, you’ll be able to accomplish anything, including those books! Okay, your good friend SparkNotes might play a bit of a factor here, but in any case, you WILL get everything done.

7. Defeat. LBR, you probably expected a little bit too much from yourself and won’t be able to finish every. single. thing. on your list. Once you come to this realization, there’s nothing much you can do but accept it.

8. Acceptance. And finally, once all the overwhelming emotions wear off, you have to start accepting that starting a new school year is inevitable. All you can really do is try your best to enjoy the rest of the summer and promise yourself this won’t happen again next year. (Spoiler alert: It probably will…)

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