Advice For High School Juniors From Seniors

Advice For High School Juniors From Seniors

Junior year survival tips from the people who just lived through it.


Junior year is widely considered the most intense, stressful year of high school. But, do not fear- you can and will get through it. In fact, high school seniors are living proof that it's possible. I asked my fellow seniors for their best tips to survive Junior year, and here's what we came up with.

1. Get Organized!

If you haven't already developed responsible work and study habits, now is definitely the time. Junior year will probably not be 100% smooth sailing work-wise. School work and extracurriculars become much more manageable once you increase your organization and productivity. If you tend to procrastinate, make a conscious effort to complete your homework right away. It may help you to outline your day the night before, figuring out when you will have time to complete work in between school and activities.

2. Visit Colleges!

Try to do all of your college visits early. If you finish visiting all the schools you're interested in during your junior academic year, you'll be all ready to fill out your applications and write your essays over the summer. Plus, it's better to visit colleges during the academic year so you can get a vibe of what the student body is like. Trust me, senior year will be much less stressful if you get all of that college stuff out of the way beforehand.

3. Take Standardized Tests Early!

If you're planning on taking a standardized test such as the SAT or ACT, it's best to get it out of the way as soon as possible! Nobody enjoys test prep, but putting it off will only drag the process out and make it less bearable. Regardless of how you plan to study (with a tutor, in a class, or on your own), it's not too soon to get started!

4. Focus on school!

If there's one year you should really be focusing on your grades, this is it. You've definitely heard this before, but junior year grades really matter on college applications. If your freshman and sophomore year grades aren't stellar, it's not too late to turn your GPA around. Put in that extra effort this year and your hard work will definitely pay off. Plus, colleges like to see grade improvement!

5. Try new things!

Junior year is a great time to participate in extracurricular activities and further explore your interests. You should definitely continue the activities you've done and enjoyed in the past, but also consider trying some new ones! Take every opportunity that comes your way, even if it's new and daunting- you never know where it could lead you.

6. Spend time with friends!

Before you know it, you and your high school friends will be splitting up and moving on. Be sure to cherish the time you spend with them now, because the next two years will go by much faster than you expect. In between all your hard work, don't forget to have some fun with the people you love!

7. Live in the moment!

Soon enough, you'll be going off to college or wherever else your independent life may take you. Enjoy this year as much as possible while it lasts. Surround yourself with great friends, do what makes you happy, and try as many new things as you can. This is a time for exploration and self-discovery, so make the most of it!

Now that you have some helpful tips, I'm confident that you'll thrive in your junior year of high school. Remember that with the right balance of responsibility, hard work, and fun, you can make this year awesome. You've got this!

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10 Feelings You Have If You Don't Miss High School

Here's hoping the next four years won't drag on like high school did.


1. When people are still only friends with their high school friends and nobody else and that confuses you.

You keep up with some of your high school friends but have definitely have branched out and found more friends in college.

SEE ALSO: 6 Signs You've Outgrown Your High School Friends

2. When people tweet "Seniors of 2017...don't take a second for granted, one day you'll miss this." And you honestly cannot relate.

I took every moment for granted because I wanted OUT. I have no regrets about my senior year because I was focused on one thing...leaving.

3. You don't understand the graduated college students that still go to the high school sporting events.

Your time is over. It's finished. Please leave the student section, you are a grown adult.

4. When people call high school "the glory days" you get genuinely sick to your stomach.

That? That was my glory days? Waking up at 7am to sit through classes you didn't care about around people you've had to put up with since kindergarten?With a 10:30pm curfew every single night? That was my glory days? No thank you.

5. Songs about growing up don't phase you.

On the way to my graduation, I played the "Graduation" album by Kanye West and blasted it as I screeched into the parking lot for the last time and I honestly never felt happier.

6. Not understanding the tears at graduation.

I honestly think the moment I heard my principal say, "Congratulations to the class of 2016." I had the first genuine smile on my face in four years.

7. The only thing you really miss are the adults you met throughout those four years.

Sure, the students were scum, but some teachers were genuine and made it bearable (shoutout to Chapman, Poore, Bazzell, Woodard, Lanier, Pate, and Dulworth.)

8. You couldn't get paid enough to redo one day of high school.

Ok you're actually a broke college student and money is money but you would never by choice go back for anything.

9. You'll never forget the hype you felt on those last days of high school.

Some people in my class were actually crying and I came in playing "Night Fever" by the BeeGees damn near breaking a SWEAT dancing so aggressively to celebrate the end of high school.

10. You've finally found your place in college.

I've never been so content as I am in college. I found friends that will stick by me, learning about things that interest me, and have all around less anxiety than high school caused me.

Here's to the next years of college that won't drag on like high school did.

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To The Friends I Lost Touch With After High School, I'm Sorry

Sorry we don't talk anymore.


It's been so long. How are you?

I'm sorry we haven't talked in a while. Life got in the way and we just fell out of touch. But I miss you.

Sometimes when I look back at how close we were, I don't miss it. We fought with each other and we "forgot" to return borrowed clothes. We picked sides and gossiped, even though we knew it was wrong. We could be mean and selfish.

Other times, I do miss it. I miss passing notes and laughing, late-night phone calls, and coordinating outfits. I miss the good times, and even the bad ones, because I knew I could count on you.

I've lost touch with most of you since graduation — we're Facebook friends, but we aren't friends. I don't know who you're dating or how school is going until I see a new post. I don't remember your birthday until social media reminds me, and you don't remember mine.

There are so many things I wish we'd gotten to do together, go to concerts and celebrate birthdays. But I'm so thankful for the memories we do have. For five years, all of my experiences were made with you.

Even though we aren't in touch, I wish you the best. Some of us fought and lost the friendship we had, some of us just stopped texting back. But I hope you're happy.

I hope you're all doing the things you wanted to do — traveling the world, writing poetry, cooking for important people. I hope you're having as much fun as you thought you would after high school.

I hope you look back on that time now and remember it fondly. I know things weren't always easy. Some of us ate too much or not enough, and we all cried over boys more than we should've. Anxiety, depression, self-harm, panic attacks... for some of us, that was just day-to-day life, but we all tried to get through it.

I hope you know that, even though we don't talk anymore, I think about you sometimes and wonder if you're happy. I hope you think about me sometimes, but I understand if you don't.

Sometimes, the friends you make in high school aren't friends you have for life. But I'm glad I had you when I did.

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