I have two kids home sick, and not much time or energy for my own thoughts. So here are some rules I found that seem to apply well to more than just school. As #9 says, enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.
Immaculate Heart College art department rules, (by Sister Corita Kent)
1.Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
2.General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher, pull everything out of your fellow students.
3.General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.
4.Consider everything an experiment.
5.Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
6.Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
7.The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.
8.Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes.
9.Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
10.“We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” - John Cage.
Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything always. Go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully and often. Save everything, it might come in handy later.