Junior year was nothing short of crazy for me. It was the good kind of crazy though (if there is such a thing)—the kind that makes you feel like you’re accomplishing something great. At this point you’ve probably picked up a few leadership positions in your extracurriculars as well as increasingly difficult classes to demonstrate your readiness for college-level work, and you’ve taken every SAT and ACT prep course known to man. It’s a lot, I know. I’ve been there.
The key to surviving this year is striking a balance. It’s okay to have fun sometimes. In fact, I encourage it. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make straight A’s and perfect scores on the SAT. You’ll crack under the pressure if you don’t cut yourself some slack. Of course, strive for your best, but don’t obsess so much over it that you sacrifice all of your time with family and friends for studying. You’ll never get those missed experiences back.
At the same time, do your best to avoid the tendency to slack off. You may think by now that you’ve got this whole high school thing under control now that you’re an upperclassman, but that doesn’t mean you should ease up on staying organized. Make to-do lists, create binders or files for all of your important college documents (letters of rec, test scores, community service documentation, etc.) and plan your time wisely. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Always keep a positive attitude and know that some of the best years of your life are on the other side of this one. Good luck!
– Brittney C.