By Guest Blogger Scout McNealy
For upcoming freshmen, the older students, larger campus, and tougher classes may seem intimidating at first. However, you will quickly find that your high school days are going to be some of the greatest times of your life.
Choose the Right Classes
The classes you decide to take are arguably the most important decisions you will make in high school. While you may capable of taking many different classes, make sure that you are interested and intrigued by the ones you choose. Working on projects and homework for a class you love is much easier than working for a class you do not enjoy.
For example, if you love STEM, challenge yourself in science and mathematics. If you do not enjoy history, then maybe taking AP World History is not the right decision for you. This does not mean to take the easiest possible course oad, but instead to challenge yourself in the subjects you love rather than the ones you do not.
By choosing classes that you love, you will find that in addition to succeeding in your classes, you will enjoy your high school experience even more.
Within the first few weeks, you will be given the opportunity to join countless clubs ranging from robotics, to history, to anime, you name it! There are also different opportunities to play on sports teams.
While all of these clubs and sports are exciting, be careful to not pile too much onto your plate. In addition to a rigorous course load, you can be overwhelmed if you are doing too many extracurriculars at the same time.
This does not mean that you cannot focus on sports as well as school. Instead, you will need to manage your time better by working ahead on assignments when you have the time. If you stay on top of your schoolwork, you can invest more time in extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports.
Possibly the most important aspect of high school is time management. When teachers give you two weeks to work on an essay, for example, this is normally for a reason. Long- term assignments are meant to be spread out over time, not to be started at two in the morning the day that they are due. If you avoid procrastinating on tests and other assignments, you will be able to live a much more stress-free life.
Balance Is Everything
By choosing the correct load of courses and activities, you will be able to enjoy your high school experience without too much stress. If you properly balance your social life, academic life, and extracurricular life, you will love your days as a high schooler.
Guest Blogger Scout McNealy, 15, has just finished his sophomore year at the Harker School in San Jose, CA.