Three Keys to High School and Life Success

By Jordan Sweigart on September 18, 2013
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High school is a time of change. Whether it is good or bad, high school acts as a small world for the budding young adult. Students are immersed into this new world when they receive new freedoms. Attached to these freedoms are responsibilities, to which several consequences are in turn attached. Some students have a difficult time dealing with the pressure that accompanies these responsibilities.

Though each person deals with such responsibilities in his/her own way, three basic strategies should be followed over one’s high school career to become successful: find a balance, be a good time-manager, and work hard. As basic as those ideas sound, they are invaluable to one’s success in high school.

Finding a balance can be accomplished by answering two main questions of yourself: “What should I be involved in?” and “How involved should allow myself to get?” A student needs to do what they enjoy. As cliche as that sounds, it is the truth. Simply, if you like playing chess, you should join the chess club. Your level of enjoyment in something will also largely determine how deeply you get involved in your chosen activities.

Yes, I know this sounds so simple. So many students, though, get involved in too many activities and end up overloaded with dates and meetings. Taking a certain interest in a few activities, though, shows a deep passion, a quality many colleges and employers will like to see. Such students really jump off paper compared to students who join a dozen activities just to build-up their resumes. Students who can truly discuss their experiences in activities are more likely to present themselves better than those who can just lists their experiences.

Of course, in order to balance sports, theater, clubs, and school work, students need to learn time management. In high school, time becomes an enemy. With a little patience, though, a student can master time effectively and fit everything in. And once this happens, a whole new world of opportunities opens up. A student can spend more time with his/her friends, get a job, or maybe spend time with his/her family.

For sure, time management is a difficult quality to master. Some students help themselves by using calendars to keep track of times and dates, while others use cell phones or their memories. However it happens doesn’t matter, choose the best way to work for you. The main thing is that you figure out a system to successfully complete all your tasks on time. One last piece of advice, as long as I’m on the subject: ignore the procrastination bug. If you give in to this and accept pushing items off, it will become even harder to battle back. There’s always more work to come, remember.

The key to both previous pieces of advice, though, is hard work. To manage time efficiently, which you need to do to keep things in balance, you will continually have to work hard through challenging periods. For sure, this means that you can never take the route that many students do, using high school as nap time. A main key to success in anything is pushing yourself a little harder. Though that nap is tantalizing, paying attention to a teacher’s lecture could be the difference between an A and a D. This tiny detail demonstrates a student’s work ethic. Working hard shows desire and dedication, two key attributes companies may look for during job interviews later in life.

If a student wants to build strong core values to be successful in life, working hard in high school is an excellent way to start. Not only will a student’s work ethic be displayed in a classroom, but it will translate into everything he/she does during his/her high school career. Doing a few extra math problems, for instance, can translate into doing another suicide on the soccer field or practicing for an extra hour on the trumpet. In the end, if a student works hard, his/her schedule will become balanced and his/her time will be perfectly managed.

About the Author

Jordan Sweigart

Jordan Sweigart

Worcester College, University of Oxford, England
Hometown: Reading, PA

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