Do it Right the First Time

By Faith Jones on September 07, 2013
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High school was a challenge for me. There were new teachers, new people and, at times, it became hard to adapt to such a rapid change.

As I slowly adapted to those changes there were many mistakes that I wished, if given a second chance, I would have corrected during my freshman year. If I were given another chance to walk in your shoes, there are many things I would do differently.

First, I would have studied more and done better throughout high school and I would have asked the teachers for help if I did not understand a lesson that was taught. There were many times I could have chosen to do these things, but I chose not to and, in the end, I paid the price.

I had to then study twice as hard to pull up my grades by my senior year so, beginning your high school year, remember to study and also do not forget the teachers are there to help you. Do not make yourself need a second chance -- do it right the first time with no regrets.

Some suggestions

How should you approach the upcoming year? To start, be open to change and new ideas.

High school is a step towards a little independence and freedom (yes, I said “a little”). In high school, you have to begin to do things on your own and become more responsible for your actions.

Preparing for life after high school is what should be on your mind once you begin. If you already know what you want to pursue in high school, do it early. Start looking into colleges before you graduate so you will find the right one.

Another mistake I made during my senior year was not applying early for scholarships. If you are not financially able to start college after high school you must apply for as many scholarships as possible. If I would have done so I would be able to start college now instead of having to delay because I don’t have enough money.

Concentrate on your GPA because that will be an important thing that determines whether you will be accepted to a good college after high school. Also begin taking the SAT and ACT tests your junior year because those scores will also determine what college you can get into. Do not only prepare yourself for high school; think about what you want to do afterwards.

Learn from my mistakes

I was in high school and, yes, I made mistakes. I failed classes and talked instead of listened. But, in the end, I had to take responsibility for those actions and, at times, I had to stay after school for tutoring to learn it all over again.

Don’t make these same mistakes and do much better so when you get out of high school you won’t have any regrets. If there is one thing I can tell you, it is to live your life right the first time. I can only tell you my mistakes in life, so maybe you will not make the same ones.

Make your high school year as productive as possible, enjoy it and always do your best.


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