The Rules of Junior Year

By Jaime Spain

So you are sweet sixteen–ending sophomore year, entering the liege of Upper Classmen, and what is known to be the most hellish year of your high school life.

Here are ten things to about junior year that could quite possibly save you from a number of mental breakdowns.

 

  1. Do Your Homework. Seriously. Or else this will be your weekends:

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  1. SATs and ACTs. BE CALM. There is no need to freak out. You can take it again. And again. And again and again.

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  1. When you get behind on work, don’t continue to procrastinate. There is nothing worse than losing your footing, falling off third quarter, and ruining your entire second semester.

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  1. Sometimes you are going to do really stupid things for no reason. And I mean, REALLY stupid. It’s fine. You have to make mistakes to move forward. Put a Band-Aid on and learn from it.

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  1. Whenever your problems take you down, take a deep breath, confront them, and get over it. It is better to just encounter them at first than ignore them and let them build up until it gives you a panic attack.

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  1. When looking at colleges, make sure they look at you! Ask questions every time you meet a college rep and follow up with them by email even if you are just thanking them for their time. Make yourself noticed and remembered.

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  1. Do not skip school. Don’t pretend to be sick and have your parents call in because, I can assure you, it is better to suffer through one day than try and catch up later. Don’t make stupid excuses to get out of school, class, homework, or tests. It is better to get it done with than keep pushing it off. Sorry, I can’t take my AP today,

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  1. You are going to fail a quiz. A lot of them, actually. Pick your head up and try harder next time. One quiz will not change your GPA. Don’t cry over one bad grade–just study harder for the next one.

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  1. Your attitude towards things affects 90% of your life. If you go into a test calm and confident in your abilities, you will do better than if you are nervous and questioning readiness.

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10. Don’t give up everything other than studying. That is not the way it works. Be sure to MAKE time for things you love. Just because you need good grades doesn’t mean your life will be put on pause. This is the youngest you will ever be, and you need to live life outside of the books.

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