Back to Hogwarts… and to School

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It is that time of the year again when the summer holidays feel like it barely happened and you are getting ready to go back to school, or you may be preparing your children to get ready to go back.

However, that is not the only thing happening. As it is the 1st of September today, like every year so far, #BackToHogwarts was trending on Twitter, which means it is the month for Harry Potter fans to celebrate the students’ return to Hogwarts for a brand-new year of adventure!

Since I wanted to give some tips to and for students going back to school, I realised it would be very appropriate to also talk about Harry Potter and the return to Hogwarts. As a Potterhead, I could not be more excited to be writing this article.

Although Hogwarts has called their students back already, there is still time for everyone else. It is good to get uniforms, stationery, and bags ready so that you or your child are completely prepared for the coming year. Some good places to check out for this are WHSmith for stationary, though a more creative and fun option would be Paperchase; any shopping outlets for bags, but the best ones for a good price and appropriate for school can be from Primark, sometimes from H&M and New Look depending on what size of bags you are looking for, and online thrift sites like Depop and Vinted; Shoe Zone or Clarks for school shoes, as well as high street shops with appropriate school sections, such as Matalan.

Most importantly, not everyone gives enough importance to the school sections in supermarkets. There are a lot of Back to School essentials stocked up in almost every supermarket in the UK, so if you do not want to visit multiple shops to buy everything, then visit a local supermarket and try to find everything you can from there. These markets include Asda, Tesco, Tesco Express, Co-op, Sainsbury, Waitrose, etc.

With these essentials out of the way, let us look at how #BackToHogwarts is being celebrated this year for 2021. The official Wizarding World site has created pins with the Hogwarts Express train on the train and they are asking everyone to look out for these in public, as well as where we can get our own pins, which is already on sale now:

Due to the pandemic last year, students have had a difficult time going to school, whether it was online or not. Now that a new year is about to begin, I thought some new tips are necessary for this year in order to help you or your child with the anxiety part of going back. This is more so important for those who may be starting school for the first time ever!

  • Set yourself a realistic amount of expectations and standards for the coming year. This can be anything from the school results you would like, the behaviour you would like to adopt, how you want to grow, what time you want to wake up and even things like expecting yourself to follow rules and wear a mask if required. By thinking about these goals, you are more likely to succeed.
  • Create a good daily routine for yourself, even on weekends. It may not be possible to constantly study and do something productive, as the mind starts to drift depending on your concentration capacity. However, taking breaks in between is a good way to make sure you make use of your time and you also have fun in the process, due to rewarding yourself with breaks and fun things to do every time.
  • Spend time with friends and family, when you are home or are school, because this helps to calm the nerves of going back to school, and will keep you feeling positive the more you surround yourself with people you care about.

Now that you are fully prepared, start thinking ahead about enjoying the school year and do not worry about what you may or may not have missed! Take this chance to make more memories while you can.

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