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As you should all know by now, high school is a place to make friends, develop your knowledge, and be a part of a team. However, as you become upperclassmen, the objective changes.
You will realize that the key to making your high school years successful will be whether or not you prepared yourself for life after high school. It is easy to fall down due to the enormous pressure placed on seniors and juniors, but the true mark of a diligent student is to see whether or not he or she shrugged off the stress and got back up.
Therefore, the most important advice I could give to my fellow students would be to set aside time and get the process done early. By devising a plan to attack the meat and potatoes of the post-high school process (SATs and college applications), you can focus on the other aspects of high school life later.
To my fellow students who are searching for colleges or just trying to figure out plans for the future, I have some advice that has been very helpful to me during the stressful time we like to call senior year.
Apply to colleges. That’s the hardest part, and once it’s over all you have to do is wait. But then, maybe after a not-so-horrible-as-you-thought rejection letter (I think it’s just that awful wordÑrejectionÑthat makes it seem like it’ll be so bad, but it’s really not; there are other colleges), you get accepted!
Then, all you have to do is choose. It’s great if you have one college that stands out (for me it was McGill University, which I highly recommend by the way!), but if you’re just sort of iffy on all of them, go visit.
As you read this, I will be preparing to exit the doors of my high school, feeling a sense of accomplishment that I survived those four years! Despite the challenges and obstacles, I learned many lessons that helped me become the person I am today. And, as my duty as a senior, I am going to offer my advice to all of you for next year and beyond.
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.
After a long, exhausting junior year, it’s refreshing to be able to move on in my academic career. I have often heard that the most important part of high school is junior year and the beginning of senior year, so it feels like I’m on the downhill stretch at this point.
Last year I challenged myself with seven rigorous classes. This year, however, I plan on having a lighter schedule, primarily to give myself time to focus on applying to colleges and enjoying my senior year.
This year, my senior year of high school, is going to bring forth many opportunities and blessings that I am looking forward to. Many great things have happened in my high school career already, but this is the year to put all of the things I have learned, seen and experienced together to produce a final result.
So what goals should I have? What can this year give me? Basically, I am looking forward to molding myself into the best person I can be.