It’s up to you to make the most of high school

By Aubreigh Sabbota on August 28, 2013
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When you hear the term “high school,” what comes to mind?  Perhaps you envision yourself in a classroom filled with the delight of new information. Maybe you see yourself on the football field, scoring touchdowns. You may also picture yourself at the lunch table, surrounded by friends. 

No matter what comes to mind, it’s up to you to make the most out of your high school years while maintaining a tentative plan for your future. With that being said, this article will provide you with some tips.

Don’t wimp out on classes
First things first: Do not be afraid of challenges. Some people take easier classes because they worry they will not be able to handle anything that requires a great amount of brainpower. This is common during senior year. However, those who choose the easy way out are not helping themselves in the long run. When it is time to apply to colleges, the admissions office will look at your schedule. If you skimp on challenging classes, you may jeopardize your chance of getting into that Ivy League school you’ve been considering. 

However, this does not necessarily mean to fill your schedule up with AP courses. If you take too many difficult classes, you face the chance of crashing and burning. This could ultimately lead to a downfall in your grades, which could impose worse consequences than those that result from not challenging yourself enough. 

Plan your schedule carefully
The next tip to improve your high school experience is to choose the right classes to maximize your future. There’s a good chance you have a goal in mind for your years ahead. In high school, it is necessary to plan your schedule appropriately. This schedule is needed to make your dreams a reality. 

Almost everyone’s schedule differs by at least one class, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have every class with your best friend. Of course, there are classes you will be required to take that may not relate to your future plans, such as physical education or health, but the majority of your schedule is up to you. 

Be sure to choose the classes that are likely to help you in the real world later on in life. If you desire a career in communications, perhaps you will select higher-level English classes and various writing electives, whereas if you’re considering a job as an accountant, you may pick more math-based courses.  Even if you are uncertain as to what exactly it is that you want to do after high school, it’s always a good idea to schedule classes that best fit a realistic vision of your future. 

Don’t forget the fun
Finally, get involved in extracurricular activities that appeal to you. Most schools have a large selection, and you will have no difficulty finding something that piques your interest. Other schools have a smaller selection but there is still a great possibility something will grab your attention. 

If you’re athletic, you may participate in a sport or intramural.  If you enjoy reading, perhaps your school has a book club. If you’re a born leader, maybe you’ll choose to run for a student council position. You always have the option to leave an activity if you decide it’s not for you. Extracurricular activities look great on college applications. In addition, they’re great fun.

In high school, it is important that you make the most out of your years. Hopefully these tips will assist you through your journey. So, get out there, get an education, and have plenty of fun!

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