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Myka Yamasaki

Embracing High School

If you are in high school and you like doing well in school, embrace it! Sometimes there can be external pressures to feel as though wanting success in school is uncool or arrogant. This sort of pressure is absolutely unfounded and is not a reason you should stop striving for success in high school.

There is a lot to be gained from high school, believe it or not, and if you don’t apply yourself you will go four years without reaping any benefits. Committing yourself to high school can help you discover new interests that aren’t even academic. Whether it be math, history, dance, or acting, high school is when you can find areas of study that truly appeal to you.

Know that high school is a gateway to college. If college is a goal of yours, you’ll want to take as much from high school as you can. Even if high school shows you that purely academic subjects are not for you, sticking them out in high school is important. Getting the strongest GPA you can gives you a competitive edge even when you are applying to a dance program at a given college.

So if external pressures really are affecting your ability to perform in school, re-evaluate. It isn’t difficult to learn how to do your own thing and block out negative attitudes if success is something you really desire. Also consider connecting more with people that relate to you. Even if you don’t see it at first, there are other kids at your school that will be on the same page as you.


Now remember that high school is also supposed to be fun. Grades are important but you always need to remember that 1) they aren’t the end all be all and 2) they don’t define you. You will need to find the balance between challenging yourself in your academics and making sure you have time to enjoy everything else in life. As they say, work hard and play hard. So do your homework and make some friends, you will never be in high school again. Good luck!



About Myka Yamasaki

Myka will be attending Occidental College (located in Los Angeles) in the fall and is very excited! She is looking forward to reflecting on her high school experience to help others do their best on the SAT/ACT and in college admissions. She loves cats, food, and friends.

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