It’s about that time when the pace starts to pick up. Teachers are assigning final exam dates and your extracurriculars are in full swing. It’s in the spirit of this madness and mayhem that we present a series on juggling your way through high school as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Over the next couple of months, we will bring custom-tailored posts that will give you our tips on how to survive and thrive during these crucial times. We hope you’ll be just as much amused and entertained as informed. Enjoy!
I remember being a freshman very well. That mix of awkwardness, fear, and excitement is still pretty fresh in my twenty-something-year-old memory. If I could give one piece of advice to all of you freshies out there, it would be to pace yourselves. Junior high might have been a breeze for some of you (emphasis on some), but high school is a whole different animal. It takes some getting used to, so don’t stress too much about getting involved with everything just yet. Take some time to get the lay of the land first.
One great habit you should start now is keeping a planner. I’ll warn you in advance, you’re not going to want to do this. Every lazy bone in your body will want to fight it, but it’s absolutely crucial. The sooner you start keeping track of your life, the easier it will be to balance your commitments. Write down everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) from project due dates to basketball projects. This handy little habit will make life much easier, in high school and beyond. Once you’ve mastered it, you can dispel all fear of walking into a precal test that you forgot to study for.
Last, but most definitely not least, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. You’re probably waking up earlier than you did in junior high, and now that the semester is picking up speed you’re probably feeling the difference. You’re staying up later to get things done and using downtime in class to score the Z’s you missed while catching up on last week’s reading assignments. If you had TiVo’d the latest episode of Teen Wolf, you could have gotten to bed early. These are the things you have to start thinking about. As lame as this might sound, getting enough sleep boosts your energy, mental acuity, and mood in many ways, and there’s nothing lame about that!
– Brittney C.