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How to Observe Back-to-School Season for Non-Students


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This week’s post on Canyon Park Blog is dedicated to helping those who live in our Tacoma, WA community observe back-to-school season — even if you are no longer a student! While you might not be getting ready to go back to class every day, the first week of September is a great time to think about some of your favorite parts of school and learning and figure out how to incorporate them into your current routine. Consider doing one of the following this month: 

Read a Nonfiction Book

There’s an old adage that says “you learn something new every day.” While that’s more or less true, it can be difficult to get the feeling that you’re actually learning new things when you aren’t in a classroom setting. To help you actively learn something new this upcoming season, we suggest you pick up a nonfiction book from a local library or bookshop on a subject you’re interested in but know nothing about. While it takes more effort to learn without class schedules, deadlines, or teachers, there’s a world of knowledge available to us through books — all we have to do is open the cover and explore!

Buy a New Pen 

For those in our apartment community who have been out of school for long enough, you may have forgotten the simple yet powerful joy of purchasing a new pen. On top of being a dedicated moment to dispose of a writing utensil that either no longer works or has served its time, getting a new pen often serves as a mini moment of inspiration to stay more organized and accomplish goals. This year, don’t just go for the cheapest option; treat yourself to your favorite type of pen!

Do a Creative Project

Remember the days when you used to get a list of school supplies before grade school resumed every year? Often, it would include things like watercolors, colored pencils, and markers. If you haven’t exercised the creative side of your brain in a while, back-to-school season is as good a time as any! Whether you pull an old set of paints out of your storage closet and have a casual evening of painting accompanied by your favorite food or drink, or you decide to take on a more hefty project like refinishing furniture or knitting, use the upcoming season as a reminder to create something new.

Thanks for reading our post today. Have a happy back-to-school season!