How To Survive High School
High School can be very intimidating, exciting and stressful. High School is all about finding yourself, meeting new people, stepping outside of your comfort zone and figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life. The intimidating part for me was the size of the school, I was so scared of getting lost. The exciting part was meeting new people, and lastly the most stressful part, and I think I speak for everyone when I say this, is the whole college process. SATs are no joke and not fun at all. Here are a few tips I think can help anyone and everyone going into High School or already in High School: Be on time to your classes, this helps when you need one of your teachers to bump up your grades. Do your homework and turn in your assignments on time, those few points add up. Taking notes helped me a lot, even if you can’t write as fast as your teachers talking, doodle things to help you remember. Using a planner can keep you organized and on top of all your assignments. Do your study guides yes, it’s another way to study but a lot of teachers right before a test might announce it’s open note. Get involved, join a sports team or a club, the more extracurriculars the better, colleges love that. Speaking of college, SATs are probably the most excruciating test you will ever take. The best way to get through it, is to study, and take multiple practice tests. It’s never too early to start studying. These next few tips are my personal favorites. Be real, don’t talk behind peoples backs, don’t pretend to be someone’s friend because it will come back to you, it always does. Be yourself! Worrying about what a few people you will probably never see again think of you is not worth your time. Don’t hold yourself back and try and fit in, that’s so boring. Grades do not define you, I guarantee you everyone has failed a test, the mistake that students make is not asking for help, if you fail a test go to your teacher and let them explain or even reteach it to you. Be kind. I cannot stress this enough, we are old enough to know there are unkind people in the world, don’t add to that number. Smiling at random people shows you’re friendly and approachable. Being kind is so important, people will want to talk to you, sit with you, and be your friend. There’s also no point in being mean, you don’t get anything out of it. Even if someone is mean to you, be kind to them I promise you they will change their attitude towards you, but don’t be too nice where people take advantage of you. Don’t be scared to stand up for yourself or anyone else, people will respect you for that and it shows that you’re not a person people can push around. Have confidence in everything you do especially when presenting, if you’re nervous people notice, if you’re confident, you’re less likely to mess up, even if you’re pretending, the class doesn’t know that. Participate a lot in class, the more you participate, the chances of the teacher calling on you are very slim. Another thing is if you are doodling, make sure you’re still listening because then when a teacher calls on you, you can answer the question…They love that. Last but not least, have fun!! High School doesn’t last forever, make the most of it.