Tips for a sucessful high school life

As An Experienced Junior, Who Screwed Up Her High School Years By Not Using Advice Given By Elders, Here's How To Avoid The Same Mistake.

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Now, being in the third year of high school, I have realized how much I messed up academically and physically. My grades could have been amazing if I only had been more focused freshman year. In the first year of high school, I basically studied poorly for all my tests and ended up blaming all my teachers because the upperclassmen said my teacher was the "worst".

I just kept that assumption and did not seem to care about it. I told myself that "Oh I have three more years, I can bring up my grades but that obviously did not happen." Also, all the administratives encouraged us freshman to join multiple clubs to get involve and show colleges that you are doing other extracurriculars.

However, I did not take as much of an advantage than I should have. I was only in two clubs and was barely involved in them. The only contribution I made was I paid the club fees and that's pretty much how I was involved. I should have taken the advice given from the counselor by taking freshman year more seriously and by joining multiple extracurriculars.

Sophomore year was not that bad actually because I started on a more serious note after seeing how bad freshman year was. I started to learn how to manage time and stay away from your phone. I still kind of blamed my teachers for the grades I got however I was still working on that. Plus, I got more involved in extracurriculars and even competed for events in those clubs. What I should have done was just prioritizing what needs to get done first instead of looking on social media forever.

Overall, my favorite year so far is sophomore year. Then junior year hits me. The workload is unbearable. This is the peak of high school where you grades matter the most!

Sometimes it's so bad that when I have 4 tests in each of my classes the next day, I would just fake being sick just so that I could have more time to study. All the teachers randomly decide to put all the tests on the same day to the point where having mental breakdowns become a norm. Also, at this point in high school your classes are very rigorous, meaning you are probably taking 4 to 5 Ap's and on top of all that there are standardized testing.

SAT or ACT whichever one you took was another barrier in your path. These standardized tests were an addition to the loads of work given in AP and honors classes. I have to stay up past 2am at night because I have to cram in information for tests and taking practice tests for SATs.

I often have no time to just focus on my physical or mental health. Juniors also have to start thinking about what college to go to and what they want to do in the future which can be scary! On top of all that, junior year needs to be the year where you are truly passionate about a club and are some type of officer or leader for that club.

Now imagine how much stress has been put on you; you have to study for the SATs which is in a few weeks, all your teachers have put the tests on the same day and you have two meetings with your club members twice a week after school. After going through all this here's what I suggest.

Start taking freshman year more strict, get work done on time and most importantly be involved in multiple clubs as possible. From those clubs narrow down to the top 5 clubs that you are going to be committed to it. Next, start preparing for the SAT/ACT because you think you have time but in reality the next thing you know you are taking your first SAT/ACT.

Now, I know no one wants to study for the SAT/ACT this early but trust me this will only benefit you when the other kids during junior year are just stressing about how to manage time for SAT/ACT and maintain a good gpa.

Don't take the first two years of high school easy because it will only haunt you back like it did with me!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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