I thought I knew everything when I first walked in the doors of my high school four years ago, but I learned quickly that I was wrong. Starting high school is just like starting anything else: new, scary, exciting, and so much more.
A lot can go on while you’re in high school, but what happens when those four years are over? Where are you supposed go? What are you supposed to do? That’s the tricky part.
I try to set a good example for my younger sister and cousins and encourage them to set smart goals. Because I plan on going to college away from home, I know I will not be around as often as I am now, so I am trying to make the most out of the time I have left at home to ensure that I have had a positive effect on them.
As a senior with two jobs, struggling to decide where to go to school, and contemplating what direction my relationship with my boyfriend will go, I have more insight on the entire transition to life after high school than ever before.
When my little sister Ashley was about to start high school, four friends and I made her The Guide, a little “how-to” booklet on surviving high school. I thought of making it because I remembered how overwhelmed I was when I began high school back in the fall of 2007 and, after reading through it again, I realized how helpful some of this stuff would be in my transition from high school to college.
The advice that my friends and I compiled ranged from “friendships” to “general survival,” and I would like to share some with my “devoted” readers.
We aren’t naive. We know it’s only a matter of time before you use “the card.” But before you start racking up charges, we want to let you know what you’re getting into.
There is a reason people say your credit score is nearly as important as your GPA. Your future house, car and any loans you may need depend on it.
Most students can’t wait to graduate and start college or begin that fast-paced, high-paying career. It’s easy to dream big, but how will you realize your dreams? Setting (and following through with) realistic goals is a little more difficult than dreaming, but the payoff is worth the extra effort.
Setting goals is vital to success in school and career, and both long-term and short-term goals are necessary. Getting into a good college is the goal of many students, but you can’t just show up to college on the first day of classes. Applying to college is work.
Historically Black Colleges or Universities can be a great fit for all students, regardless of ethnicity
Antonia Fraker was a motivated, intelligent, ambitious high school grad. But immediately after graduation she wasn’t headed to an Ivy League, or even a community college. At least not right away É and she’s not alone.
With increasing pressure to achieve, more American high school graduates are feeling burnt out before they even receive their diplomas. But some, like Fraker, have found relief in a trick their British counterparts have known about for decades: the “gap year.”
Student organizations are a great way to make new friends and ease the transition to college.
College freshmen are stereotypically known for going to class in their pajamas, feeding caffeine addictions and gaining 15 pounds. However, this is not the college life you are destined to as a freshman.
The awesome thing about college is that you get to start your young adult and academic life with a clean slate, gain more independence than you have ever had in your life and get to make important decisions on your own. What many freshmen do not realize, though, is that how they spend their first year has a major impact on the rest of their college career.
When in college, there is a way you can balance going to class, getting good grades, having fun and still keeping your studies a priority.