How To Survive Your Junior Year of High School

Friday, April 15, 2016
As most of you know, your junior year of high school is the most important for colleges. If you have not been doing too well in your sophomore and junior year, it is especially important. Either way, do not slack off. 

Junior year is the time to prove yourself to college, and you have to try your hardest to set yourself aside from other applicants.
Now that I am in my second semester of senior year, I have the time (literally) to reflect on what I could have improved upon last year and in high school in general.

Talk to your teachers
Talking to your teachers is one of the most important things, especially in the end of your high school career. One of the biggest things that helped me last year was going to my teachers for basically anything. Whether you are confused about a grade you received, unsure about a unit that will be on the next test, or you just want a conversation (this helps you create a bond with them, which also helps!), talking to your teachers is key. The more your teacher knows you, the more he/she understands how much you care about your grades!

Begin to think about where you want to go to college
Last March, I had a list of 37 colleges that I liked and wanted to apply to... It was overwhelming and exhausting. Each school was very different, and that was because I really had no clue what I did and did not want in a school. You don't need to pick your colleges now, at all, I cannot stress that further! Just get an understanding as to what you think you might be interested in - whether it be an urban setting, a big school, etc. This will help you so much when you begin to think specifics about college (and maybe even narrowing down which one you want to go to in senior year).

Focus on your SAT/ACT
I know, the dreaded two words that every junior (or anyone that went through junior year) hates to hear. It is cringe-worthy. For 8 months long, it was all that my dad talked to me about. Although a test should not matter, it really does do a lot more than you think. After having gone through the college process, it really was the deciding factor as to whether or not I was going to be accepted to a school. At least in my opinion, and my previous experience, I know so many people whose scores either helped them greatly, or set them behind.
This is definitely not true for everyone. However, a good score can never hurt with your admissions decision. Try your hardest, and study hard!
Enjoy your junior year! 

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