Dear Fellow Students,
There will be so much information and so many things told to you during your four years of high school. It’s likely you will only remember the things you implement and the things told to you in your junior and senior year. I honestly didn’t take any advice seriously until my senior year because I didn’t have a strong support system like many other students. So I did what I had to do early on just to pass my classes, which was really bad since I know I could have done a lot better. I really regret the poor decisions I made. There was also a lot of information I never received until late in my high school life. But any time is the right time to learn, if you think about it.Financial Responsibility
Something I know that’s important, and of which I’ve heard countless times from teachers and other adults, is to save as much money as possible. Once you graduate you are financially responsible for yourself. The way you spend your money during high school will set the stage for how you spend your money for the rest of your life. Being financially responsible from a young age is the first key to success. An easy way to show financial responsibility is to open a checking or savings account.Money Management
Bank accounts come with so many positives and perks. First would be the more money you put into your savings account, the more money you incur in interest. Being rewarded for saving your money seems almost too good to be true. Having a debit card will ease the temptation of spending since you are not walking around with cash in your pocket. Don’t think it’s easy to have a bank account. You now have the extra responsibility of actively monitoring your account. You’ll need to keep track of how much money you put into your account, how much money you take out of your account and any account information you receive from your bank. You might even find you don’t lose as much money since it’s not just lying around in your house (in several pairs of pants, like me). Most importantly, saving your money can be a big stress reliever. In case of an emergency, you’ll have funds that can help pay for whatever the situation requires. Also, the money you save can be used to assist in paying for your post-secondary education.Keeping Busy
A teacher once told me, “Idle time leads to idle minds, which leads to drugs and crime.” It’s funny because he would only tell us that when the class asked for no homework. However, he made a good point. It’s a good idea to stay involved. Schools offer many extracurricular activities, so participate in as many as you can handle. I love staying busy, whether it’s volunteering, playing basketball, attending classes outside of school or writing articles. Being busy keeps your mind stimulated. Plus you’ll be working while networking.
Extracurricular activities can also be fun. For me, debate was a pretty rigorous activity. I miss all the excitement and fun I had each and every tournament.The Pursuit of Happiness
Once you graduate, go into the area in which you believe you will be the most successful. Don’t follow or do what others say. You don’t want to end up being miserable because you didn’t follow your dreams. Everyone should pursue his own happiness.