By Lesley Huerta
Grades are the most important thing to work on and beginning to set higher standards will prepare you for the upcoming years. Developing work and study habits is a major component to get into a habit of, especially if you plan to take an AP course. Most of all, try to get involved on campus so that your high school experience can be enriching.
Being in the middle always seem like a bad thing, but the one thing that is so great about being a sophomore is that this is the year where you have time to find out who you are. This is the year you can make mistakes that will still work out. However, it doesn’t mean you should be making too many mistakes. Pay close attention to what you love to do. Study for your ACT and SAT, join clubs, and maybe pick up a sport.
A good way to avoid stress during senior year, which should be fun and enjoyable, is to take all of your SAT and ACT tests during your junior year instead of leaving it all for senior year. When senior year comes along, you will only have to be preoccupied with college apps and scholarships. Continue doing well in your current classes because they will be reflected on your college applications. One important thing to also keep in mind is community service; colleges like to see students that stand out with volunteer hours and dedication.
Senior year is almost done, and the thought of “ I need to fix to my grades, I need to get a job….”may be flowing through your head at the moment, but just take a deep breath. As a senior, I had the same exact thought. My mind was overwhelmed with stress and the problems that senior comes with. However, stay organized, prioritize, stay committed, and be updated on deadlines.