Going back to school can be stressful. From making sure you picked all the right classes to worrying about what friends will be in those classes, there’s a lot to get nervous about. Let us help you ease your conscience as you watch these 10 movies to help you soothe those pesky back to school anxieties.
If you’re worried about starting a new school: Mean Girls
No matter how scared you are about going to a brand new school, just remember that it can’t be any worse than what Cady Heron went through. Unlike Cady, you’ve probably been attending public school your whole life, so rewatch this movie for a refresher course on what not to do at a new school.
If you’re worried about making friends: Perks of Being a Wallflower
If there’s one thing Charlie has taught us in this movie, it’s that there is a group of people who will always love you for who you are. You just need to find them. Going to school events or joining clubs will likely help you find the Sam and Patrick to your Charlie sooner than you know it.
If you’re worried about doing well academically: Dead Poets Society
School can be a drag, but the key to success is finding a way to make studying fun! If you’ve got a favourite teacher, ask them for help or advice if you find yourself struggling. If not, turn to this movie for some tips on how to motivate yourself. Like Professor Keating says, “Carpe Diem!”
If you’re worried about fitting in: The Breakfast Club
King of ‘80s angst John Hughes brings together this ragtag group of kids from totally different corners of high school society only to have them learn that they’re not as different as they thought. If you’re worried about sticking out and not fitting in, just remember that everyone else is probably worried about the same thing.
If you’re worried about dealing with a crush: Can’t Hardly Wait
Crushes can be complicated and nerve-wracking, but if there’s one thing you can learn from Preston Meyers it’s that you should act fast or you’ll end up wasting the best years of your life pining over someone without knowing how they feel about you! Just tell them you like them! What’s the worse that can happen?
If you’re worried about extra-curricular activities: Bring It On
Often times the people you meet at after-school clubs and activities will end up becoming some of your closest friends. It’s only natural considering you already like the same things! Plus, extra-curriculars are a great way to take a break from all that learning!
If you’re worried about having no free time: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Just because the summer’s over, it doesn’t mean you’ll no longer have free time. However, if you find yourself getting bogged down with the mundane routine of school, it doesn’t hurt to take an afternoon off to catch a baseball game, art museum and parade with your best buds!
If you’re worried about rumours: Easy A
Unfortunately, gossip and rumours has always been a part of life — especially academic life – so, if you’re worried about how to handle situations like that, just ask: WWOPD (What Would Olive Penderghast Do)?
If you’re worried about graduating: American Graffiti
While leaving school sounds awesome, you soon learn that it means leaving behind some of your best friends and teacher to move on to bigger (and maybe scarier) things. If this is your final year before graduation from middle school, high school or university, check out this Francis Ford Coppola for pointers on how to properly say goodbye to your friends.
If you’re worried about everything about school: Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Whatever your worries about school may be, there’s a great chance this movie covers it. From academics to dating to balancing working and school, this movie is applauded for its natural portrayal of teenagers and the very mature issues they often have to deal with. If nothing is bothering you, then watch this movie and be glad you’re not a student at Ridgemont High!