Of course not! School is back in session, and Friday nights are suddenly bombarded with math homework. What a drag, right? It doesn't have to be if you change your mindset. School doesn't have to be this terrible place where evil teachers, and snarky students roam and terrorize. Choose to make this year different, and by this I don't mean make things different for the first month and then slack off again like last year. (At least that's what happened with me) Yikes!
Today I wanted to share a few tips on how to make this year great and successful! Remember that you are in school to get closer to getting your career started. I must admit that after High School there is still a lot more to do. High school is by far the easiest year, and they should also be the funnest years. Here are a few tips to get you excited and ready for school:
1. Choose Your Friendships Wisely: I must admit that most of my school years were spent trying to be popular. This meant that I would do just about anything to get in with the "it crowd" or "the barbies", as we used to call them in elementary school. When I finally made it in, I felt like I accomplished something huge! Then one day we were all sent into the school office to get checked for lice. When I bent over and revealed a head full of these little creatures, my popular days were over. It was then and there that I realized that I shouldn't be so focused on being popular, but instead I should focus on being surrounded by people who love me just as I am. Your friends should be people who encourage you and lead onto the path of happiness and righteousness. Choose wisely!
2. Ask Questions + Try Your Best: I don't know how many times I avoided raising my hand in school for the fear of saying something that was wrong. There were also many times where I knew the answer to something but never said it out loud because I doubted myself. If you want to succeed in any class, then it is wise to ask questions. You ask away. You never know if the question you ask is one that someone else is too afraid to ask. Also, never be afraid to get picked on by the teacher. They always seem to pick on you when you least expect it, but if they do, just try your best to answer. The worst thing that could happen is your wrong, but there is nothing wrong with that.
3. Stay Organized: Let's face it! More often than not, students fail a class because they are unable to stay organized. It is unfortunate too because many of the assignments that are given to you, are given to you with time. This is the worst for any procrastinator, and I raise my hand to that! I have failed many assignments because I fail to write it down. Next thing I know the assignment is due, and I have nothing to turn in. Manage your time and write everything down. Keep due dates and important reminders stored in your cell phones, laptops, or planners, and check them constantly!
4. Get Involved: That's right, this is the part where you will have to mingle. Well it doesn't necessarily require you to mingle, but getting involved is extremely important. Not only will you feel extremely satisfied that you are a part of something, but it will also look good on any college application or job application. I was involved in journalism in my high school, and that sparked my love for writing, and it helped my editing and communication skills. Not only that, but being a part of journalism enabled me to get free access to many of the events at school. Along with those perks, I was surrounded by people who loved the same things I did, so hello friendship! Get involved in clubs and sports that interest you, or try something new. You never know, you just might find something you're good at.
5. Stay in the Drama-Free Zone: I stepped into this zone a long time ago, and let me tell you something, I have not stepped out of it ever since. Remain drama free, and you will see that you will enjoy school a lot more. You will find yourself in little ruts every once in a while, but if you choose to remain calm and collected during it all, you will save yourself from stress and, in some cases, anger. This particular tip has a lot to do with your friends as well. That is why I always emphasize that you should choose your friends wisely. Focus on your goal, not on everything that surrounds it. Stay away from drama and get out of their as quick as you can.
6. Be YOU: Remember that you should never allow anything or anyone to change who you are or what you believe in. While I was a Sophomore in High School I found my love for Christ and I chose to follow Him. I knew that as a Christian I was to be the light and I was to be different, and this was very hard because of my friends. I had friends who criticized me when I stopped wearing makeup and changed my language. This discouraged me a lot because I started feeling very alone, but I had one friend in particular who sat me down, and told me that she still loved me even if I was different. These are the kind of people you have to surround yourself with. Be yourself at all times, and don't compromise your beliefs for anything or anyone.
Although school can be a total drag! Try to see it differently this year and see how you can make a difference in your school or in your grades. Make this new school year a year of change and try your absolute best.