Our Youth

Back-to-School Essentials

by Kene Nzelu, Student Writer

Some “cool gadgets” for the school year include notebooks that can connect hand-written pages to a smartphone. (Photos: courtesy of Amazon.com)

It’s back-to-school time! Summer is coming to an end and now it’s time to get ready to start a new school year. One of the ways to help make sure you have an awesome school year is to make sure you have the right school supplies. Also, it’s good to strengthen your faith to help you get through each school day. Here are some cool things you could get for school and tips on strengthening your faith for the upcoming school year.

In addition to the standard school supplies that every student needs like notebooks, pencils, pens, calculators and folders, check out these cool gadgets:

1. Rocketbook Erasable, Reusable Wirebound Notebook
This is an amazing notebook for students to use to prevent them from going through so many notebooks during the school year. I know I’ve had times when my notebook inconveniently ran out of pages before I was ready to buy a new one. The Rocketbook solves this problem. All you do is write down notes in the Rocketbook with ddthe Pilot Frixion pen it comes with and when you’re done, you scan the QR code on the page and upload the notes to your device. After, you can just erase what you wrote on the pages and use them again. You can find the Rocketbook for $32 on Amazon.

2. 2020 Mood Tracker Planner
The 2020 Mood Tracker Planner is a planner and journal in one. You can write down to-do lists in it, track your emotions and more! This would be very helpful if you’re ever going through a busy, stressful day. You can find the Mood Tracker for $15 at retail bookstores like Barnes and Noble.

3. Charging Backpack
It’s really inconvenient when our electronic devices run out of power right when we need them the most. A charging backpack can help you combat this problem, though. It can charge many of your devices and you could put stuff in it as well, so it’s useful in more than one way. You can get this from many places, including walmart.com and amazon.com.

4. Locker Accessories
Something that can help you get in back-to-school mode is decorating your locker. Decorating your locker gives it your own special touch. If you choose to decorate your locker, things like a locker mirror, locker shelf and locker light are all nice things to put in your locker. You can get locker accessories from many places, including officedepot.com.

But you can’t depend on only school supplies and gadgets to be prepared for school. You also need to strengthen your faith. School can be stressful. We have to think about academics, extracurricular activities and a social life. With all of these things to balance, stress can creep into our lives, but this is something we can work on improving.

As you get ready for school to start again, you can strengthen your faith by taking time each morning to pray and read your Bible. These are very relaxing things to do that can help you put things into perspective.

If you don’t have a Bible, you can download a Bible app or even read the Bible on websites like the usccb.org. Taking time to communicate with God can calm us down and help us to realize that life goes on even if something doesn’t go the way we planned.

I know it might be difficult for us to wake up earlier than we already do on a weekday morning, but this is something that we can all make an effort to do. Just waking up 15 minutes earlier to do these things can make a huge difference in what type of day you have at school.

You can also say short prayers to God during the day. If you ever feel like you’re freaking out or getting too anxious, talking to God can make you feel better and help you realize everything is going to be okay. Have an amazing school year!


Nzelu is a rising senior at Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge.

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