Every year I always make a checklist for myself, focusing on what I want to accomplish academically, socially, and athletically that year. I believe it has helped me to focus on what is important and what things take priority in my life. Sadly, I have realized in recent weeks that my academics took precedence over a lot of other options in high school. Therefore, my advice to high school students regardless of their grade is to find a balance between fun and seriousness in their lives in order to get the most enjoyment and the best education out of their high school years.
Some days, it seems as if it’d be easier to go back to the days when our parents controlled what we did, where we went, what we ate, and a million other things that shaped our world. Now that you’re in high school though, most of the decision-making falls on your shoulders, especially about what you do at school. Need help to get motivated and figure out how to make this year your best yet? Check out three secrets to success.
La idea de volver a la escuela genera muchas emociones diferentes en los estudiantes - entu-siasmo, indiferencia, decepción, entre otras.
During our elementary school years all our choices were made for us, whether it was who would become our playmates or what subjects would be taught to us. But when we reach middle and high school, we are given more freedom on what we can take, and this gives us the chance to explore different materials and meet people who have the same interests as us. Although by the time you are reading this you most likely have already chosen your classes for the year, you should know that it’s not too late to make some changes. In almost all high schools, there are four core classes that are required to be taken for that given year.
Once you finish high school, you are thrown into a world of opportunities, and decisions. You are forced to make choices that affect you further. When I graduated from high school, I was supposed to start college the next fall. I had been accepted into Valdosta State University in Georgia. I had been truly excited and ready to start my freshman year of college.
Homecoming dances, football games, student government and passing science class; it all seems a bit much to fit into one year. And when you hear your parents and teachers saying you’ve got to do more you probably feel close to exploding, but it’s not as scary as it seems. The year ahead is bound to be full of fun, memories and an array of achievements.
The thought of going back to school sends many waves of emotions—excitement, disappointment, indifference, and other tides. Whether you are a freshman/transfer anticipating extravagant things to happen in a new environment, or a senior counting down the days to graduation, your high school experience holds many stories to be told. And I hope that happens to many of you, because I rarely swam those shores during my four years in high school.
My first day of high school was daunting. I knew only a handful of other students, was wearing what I had deemed a ridiculous uniform for the first time in my life, and carried around all my textbooks because I did not realize that they were not needed every day. What I wanted to hear on that first day of high school was the reassurance that everything was going to be OK. And it was. High school was challenging academically, socially, and emotionally, but I not only got through it, but found new friendships and experiences along the way.
As I reminisce about the four years of high school I spent writing, reading, studying, memorizing and socializing, I realize that what people said about it being the best four years of your life isn’t necessarily true. The truth is that these are the best introductory four years of your life. If there is any valuable piece of advice I can give it is this: High school is not the end. This advice can be cautionary or hopeful -- it all depends on the student.
There is one main thing that I think all high school students should know. (There is more than one thing of course, but I know you are already on information overload so I decided to keep it simple.) I don’t just want to tell you to work hard while you are in high school, although that is important if you want to have success in your life. No, I think that one of the most important things that most students fail to realize is how fast it will all be over.