hiii! so with school coming up very quickly, i figured i could write an article with just a little bit of advice since i am OFFICIALLY done with high school!

hopefully, this will help!

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‧͙⁺˚*・༓ freshman - ninth ‧͙⁺˚*・༓

  • make sure you are paying attention to your course guide, it is EXTREMELY easy to get caught off guard and choose courses that you may not need in order to graduate. you are at the beginning of your high school years, but there is no reason to already start being behind. if your guide requires you to take a specific subject besides core classes (english, math, science, etc.) then take those along with core. for example, i went ahead and took health, oral communications, and choir for my fine arts during my freshman year and physical ed my sophomore year. all four were required on my course guide and i got them out of the way my first two years.
  • GET INVOLVED. you will regret not finding something to be a part of and if you wait too long, you'll wish you would have had more time to do it. for me, choir was a major importance in my life and although i had been doing it for years before high school, i wish i had more time to do what i loved with the people that i love. plus, some clubs like nhs, beta, and fbla looks good on college applications!
  • and although this is mostly just an ongoing joke, DO NOT make "friends" with upperclassmen, especially seniors. even if there is no harm in doing so, most of them are leaving to further their educations anyway. is there really any need to date someone 3-4 years older than you who will forget about you when they leave for college? no, so focus on the most important thing, YOUR EDUCATION.
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‧͙⁺˚*・༓ sophomore - tenth ‧͙⁺˚*・༓

  • STUDY STUDY STUDY! this is obviously a must throughout high school, but can be very important with state testing like act/sat approaching in your junior year. my school did prep for these tests during free period and it was definitely helpful when it came to test strategies and understanding the formats of the tests. remember that good scores on state testing means more money from scholarships with the right gpa!
  • my sophomore year was pretty dramatic, therefore DON'T GET INVOLVED IN DRAMA. you might feel like you've found your friends that could last a lifetime, but that's not always the case. at this point in my life, i was still trying to find the right friends and cancel toxic people out of my life. do not feel ashamed to drop friends that aren't good for you. it may suck at first, but you'll soon realize that it was for the best.
  • pay attention to your schoolwork. another must, but more in depth. if you're noticing that the pre-ap course you're taking may not be the best for your gpa, then drop it. sometimes, they work out, but sometimes they don't. unfortunately, i knew i was smart enough for it, but i just didn't apply myself enough and that was my mistake. don't let it be yours. apply yourself if you know you can handle it and further into it over the next couple of years!
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‧͙⁺˚*・༓ junior- eleventh ‧͙⁺˚*・༓

  • the joys of state testing! begin taking your act/sat and study for those ap tests second semester. it's never too early to be prepared. taking the act and sat can run into some money for application fees, but some schools offer waivers for those that may not be able to afford the costs! don't forget that you can keep taking the test and some colleges even superscore, meaning they will take your highest scores from each subject over however many times you've taken the test!
  • LOOK AT YOUR TRANSCRIPT! junior year is your second to last year and this is when you need to check to make sure you're getting all your credits. if you've failed a class, your school may offer remedial courses and/or summer school to help get those grades where they need to be. you don't want to be in your senior year and have to worry about not graduating because you haven't taken all the classes that you needed to!
  • start looking into colleges! this is probably the most exciting part of your junior year, considering the rest of it is stress and testing. see what majors and minors the school offers, costs, even the location if that is something that is important in your searching process. eventually, you'll find the right one and if college isn't your thing, then that's okay! do not let someone tell you that you have to go to college if you feel like it may not be something for you!
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‧͙⁺˚*・༓ senior- twelfth ‧͙⁺˚*・༓

  • DO NOT RUSH GRADUATION! it may feel like that first semester is dragging by, but second semester will pass by way faster than you'll want it to. take time to hang out with friends, go to your school's sporting events, enjoy pep rallies, and take in those moments at your school that may or may not be the last time you'll be able to enjoy them with the people you've been around almost your entire life. my senior year was when i officially found all of my TRUEST friends, and i enjoyed every moment i spent with them while i was still at school with them!
  • do not lose focus! senioritis is a REAL thing and it is the worst when you know you shouldn't have it. you'll probably lose all motivation to do your school work and study, but don't allow it to happen. your grades can fall just as fast as they were able to the three years previous!
  • FINALLY, it's okay to be emotional! being in choir throughout high school and knowing that your senior year includes last concerts, competitions, and trips was one of the hardest things my senior year put on me. my friends and i ALWAYS cried, whether happy or sad. may sound dumb, but that's just how high school is.
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thirteen years go by fast and that's just life. but guess what, YOU MADE IT!