Good afternoon everyone summer is coming to an end and that means back to school! Time for another year and opportunity to get educated yay! I thought long and hard about my high school experience and decided to share my tips to help you get through those tough times. If you’re a high school senior or if you’re the parent of a senior please listen up.
1) EYES ON THE PRIZE/ STAY FOCUSED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR
I know being a senior is super exciting because you’re a part of a huge leadership in your school. You’re considered one of the big dogs in the building, but please don’t take it for granted. Senioritis is bound to hit you probably in the middle of the school year or close to the end. If you’re not really passionate about school, you will just stop caring and your grades could possibly fall apart. Keep in mind that your cumulative GPA can make or break you in terms of scholarships, college acceptance, and a clean academic profile, so don’t slack.
2) TRY TO BE ON TIME
Hints the word “try”, I know I can’t give too much advice on this because I know my attendance record was horrible. I could make a storm with tardy slips (Kids don’t try this at home). It was pretty sad and devastating on end because my poor attendance made me have to work ten times harder than anyone else. After school, I went straight to work, and after work, I would come home clean up, shower, do homework and study. Most of my nights I didn’t go to sleep at all because I had to be at the bus stop at 5 am and my study sessions and homework would last until 3 or 4 a.m. I don’t want you to have all of that stress on yourself because it was physically and mentally draining for me, so If you can make it easy on yourself please do so.
3) TRY TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SOCIAL LIFE
I will do my best to explain because I’m not too heavy on knowledge in this area, mainly because in High School I didn’t mess with anyone. I had a few people that I considered very good friends and my forensics family, but I don’t like the idea of having a lot of friends. To me, it’s just too much to deal with and too many different personalities. If you’re more social than I am, then I suggest that you just keep a healthy social life. By that, I mean surrounding yourself with people who have the same mindset as you, will do good by you, and will not try to get you into any trouble. When it comes to relationships I know sometimes we don’t make the best decisions, but that’s life and so I can only wish you the best of luck and hope that you love yourself enough to surround yourself with people that love you too.
4) DON’T FORGET TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FASFA AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The beginning of my senior I begin to scholarship hunting so that I can already have some money to my name for the college. My advice would be to s scholarship hunt as soon as possible because they come and go quickly. Do your research and see what’s available to you know matter what your academic profile is looking like at the moment. Academic and Athletic scholarships are usually big depending on who is sponsoring them and the amount of money given away, but there are also scholarships that you can gain from art, writing an essay, or even being left handed! I’m pretty sure that your counselors and principal will hound you about completing your FASFA unless they really don’t care. I do care and that’s why I will tell you to make sure that form is completed as soon as possible so that you won’t be left with lesser money. I filled mine out early December just get it out of the way, but trust me it is a great relief when you don’t have to worry about it. We had FASFA Nights at my school to inform parents and students about the FASFA and how to fill it out. If you’re willing to take the initiative on your own, plan an FASFA date with your parents and make it fun while you’re at it. Have dinner, breakfast, coffee, maybe reward yourself after you’re done with a family game of mini golf, bowling, or competitive laser tag! I’m just throwing it out there.
5) REMEMBER WHATEVER YOU DO THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE
I know sometimes we slip up and do things without thinking about the aftermath, but during this last year lets not have too many slip ups. By now you should have some type of idea but what you want to do with your life which could be getting your dream job, going to trading school or college. Your high school reputation carries a lot of weight so it important to maintain a good image within your school and outside of your school because you never know who’s watching. What you say or do can tarnish something that could help you out in many ways. If you’re being a full-time butthole in class, when you ask your teachers for recommendation letters they’re not going to want to give it to you. Some may say winning school fights earn you the upmost respect, but in my eyes, I think it’s pretty stupid. It’s going to be on your school record, you’re old enough to actually deal with the law enforcement on a more serious matter, and most importantly the kids you go to school with won’t be paying for your tuition or write any checks. I understand in a lot of cases students are put in a situation when they have no choice but to defend themselves, but if you really don’t have to, don’t engage in that stuff. Save the drama for Drama club if you really want to act up in school. What you do now, tomorrow, and next year matters. It all matters!
Even though you may not like what I have to say, I hope I was able to help because I truly care about the generation ahead. I won’t be here forever so I’m making my mark. Just take care of yourself with much love.