By: Ashley Liriano
There are a lot of expectations entering high school: making many new friends, finding the love of your life, excelling academically and socially, the list can go on and on and on. In some cases, this does happen, but in most cases, it doesn’t.
By the end of our high school years, students are left wishing it could happen faster, eagerly waiting graduation day. Now that my high school years are coming to a close, I’ve learned quite a few things along the way.
My first piece of advice for upcoming freshmen would be to take appropriate classes. Don’t take classes that are too easy for you, but don’t take classes that you know will be too challenging for you. Sometimes, you’re just not ready to take a class, and that’s alright. Don’t force yourself to take a class because you think it’ll make you “look good” to colleges.
There’s no point in taking challenging classes if you’re not ready because you’ll get poor grades when you could have earn exceptional grades in a class appropriate for you. As far as grade expectations, it may be annoying or tedious to study or do homework, but you’ll miss out on scholarships and awards in the long run, if you don’t maintain a decent grade point average. The range of schools you can apply to, with a decent chance of getting in, widens when you have exceptional grades.
It shows colleges that you care about your education, but the rewards you can receive from good grades make the hard work worthwhile.
Figure out what you want to do after school. Do you want to enter the workforce, go to college, or take a year off? Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s in your best interest. Don’t let your parents impose their way, don’t let your friends pressure you, and don’t even let your teachers or guidance counselors persuade you to do something you’re not comfortable with. In the end, it is not them but you who has to live with the decision, so make sure it’s something you want to do.
Figure out what your interests are and what you thoroughly enjoy. What can you spend hours on end doing and not get bored? This could lead you to your passion and further clear the path for what you want to do in life.
Don’t pay too much attention to other people, do what’s best for you, and take care of yourself. Friends are great to have, but sometimes you need to let them go. If they don’t have your best interest at heart and putting you into situations that are detrimental for you, you have to weigh the option of keeping or dropping them. It may be hard, but it also may be necessary.
Your high school years are the time to have fun, but you don’t need to be getting in petty trouble because real life will hit you hard. Ultimately, enjoy high school. High school is the only time you don’t have any real responsibilities, but you shouldn’t act recklessly. Just have fun and work hard.