Tips For a Neopian Back-to-School
NEOPIA CENTRAL - Ready or not, here it comes again: back-to-school. As a survivor
of last year's back-to-school while on Neopets, I feel I'm qualified to give
you some pointers. Most of you in the older crowd with kids are bouncing off
the walls with glee at the thought of more computer time, or even if you don't
have kids you'll notice that between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. NST,
Neopets will load faster and you'll have a better chance to buy things from
the shops due to a lack of visitors who are at school. But for the rest of us,
especially if you're like me and are entering your freshman year of high school
(Or even college!), you're resenting that final day that means summer is over.
Heck, some of you have already gone back to school!
But it's a given that you're going to be spending less time on Neopets. Here's
a guide to make sure your Neopets aren't as unhappy as you are--and even make
yourself feel a little better.
Give your Neopets something to do. Since you'll be logging online
less, right before you sign off, play with, feed (if necessary), and maybe
even enroll your pet in a training course. Also make sure that they read
plenty of books. Can't be online every day? Put them in the Neolodge (below)
or get them a cool, yet cheap, petpet like an Abominable Snowball or Spyder.
Never accept Neositters. Neositters are people claiming to take
care of your pets while you're away by logging into your account with your
password. Ninety-nine percent of the time, however, they're just scammers
wanting to take your account. If you know you'll be too busy to sign on
for three days or more, then put your pets in the Neolodge (in the Shops
section), and they'll be happy and fed if you can't be there. Heck, it might
be the last vacation they get this year!
Splurge on what you want. Been dying for a Faerie Paintbrush, and
finally have the Neopoints? Well, you've been scrimping and saving all summer--it's
time to reward yourself. But also try to clear out your Safety Deposit Box
some to make room for new back-to-school and Christmas items (That's right--Christmas!
The Advent Calendar is just three months away!).
Wait to create or adopt. If you've got 1-3 pets, don't get another
one just yet. You're just getting adjusted to returning to school, and another
pet will be a hassle now. Wait until around December when you're used to
being in school (as if), when you have a week or more off for Christmas
break, and when the Advent Calendar is giving away free treats.
Keep updated with Neopets. Just checking the News page twice a week
and reading the Editorial and Articles pages of The Neopian Times will help
keep you updated so you won't miss the Meridell war, or the coming of Neoschools
for your pet (Pretty soon you can grieve over September together!) Or, ask
a trusted friend (note the "trusted" part) who goes online a lot to call
you when something big happens or tell you at school what's going on with
Buy Neoschool Items. When you're not shopping for things in real
life for yourself, you can get some cool back-to-school stuff for your pets
online (At cheaper prices than just a few months ago!), such as Chia Pencil
Holders, if you haven't already. As stated above, no one really knows when
Neoschools will come out or what they'll do, so be prepared. Click here
for the full gallery of Neopets back-to-school items for your pets.
Stop by Limited Too or Claire's. By just getting something simple,
such as a notebook, you can be reminded of Neopets when you're at school.
Don't get too carried away, however! Too much Neopets stuff can be distracting
and irritating if you're trying to stay off-line to concentrate on homework.
Enter something to The Neopian Times. Why not? If you're going to
have to go back to school and be online less, and you have something that's
been stored since who-knows-when on your hard drive, you might as well update
it and send it in for a shot at getting in the Times. And if you don't have
anything written yet, maybe you could try something having to do with back-to-school
(ex.: "My Neopets Going to School"). Be warned, though--waiting days on
end for the next Neopian Times is torture!
Record your summer. While it's still here, write a few entries in
your Neodiary (Or, if you're too young--under 13--to access the "Neomail"
section of the yellow sidebar, write up a quick summary in a writing program
like Wordpad or Word.). Write something like, "This summer started out lazily
due to lack of anything new going on in Neopia, but _ happened, then Meridell
was discovered! I love _ now. My goal is to have _ Neopoints by next year
and _ Neofriends. This summer has been a success due to..." or create your
own original entry.
Well, I hope I've helped you handle the pain of back-to-school. Don't give
up or give away your Neopets; you'll regret it a lot come next summer. That's
right, summer will come once again. No summer lasts forever, but, unfortunately,
no school year skips its turn.