This is a big year for both juniors and seniors. Juniors need to take the SAT and start working on college applications. Seniors get to enjoy second semester and then start college, embarking on an exciting new chapter of their lives. Both grades have important goals to keep in mind.
Resolution #1: Don’t get caught up in college drama
Everyone is stressed out, which means everyone is more on edge. Even seemingly harmless college-related remarks can start a fight. Try to keep away from any kind of drama by being sensitive to others and refusing to participate in these fights. Stay grounded and keep things in perspective. In a little while, all of this will be completely over.
Resolution #2: Start applications early
I know how hard it is to stop procrastinating but trust me on this one. You don’t want to be that person who has to finish 10 writing supplements in one weekend. You’ll want to have lots of extra time because if you are rushed, that will show in your work. Try to get your college list figured out by the beginning of the summer, so you can write most of your supplements over break.
Resolution #3: Give schoolwork your all
This is crunch time. Everything really counts. If there is ever a time to try your hardest, it’s second semester junior year. Put all your energy into schoolwork to make sure you have the best grades possible. Afterwards, take summer break to relax and leisurely write college applications. You’ll thank yourself later.
Resolution #1: Keep an open mind
We’re starting college this year!
We’ll be heading to places full of new people and new experiences. It’s so important to keep an open mind and try new things. Don’t close yourself off to someone based on your first impression of them. Be nice to everyone. Join tons of clubs. Maybe try out for a sports team. You never know what amazing things you could discover if you accept and embrace every opportunity that comes your way.
Resolution #2: Be the person you have always wanted to be
College gives you the chance to reinvent yourself. Of course, don’t act like someone you’re not and tell lies about your past. You should always be yourself, but now you can be the best version of yourself. It’s hard to change people’s opinion of you in high school, because they have already formed strong ideas about you based on how you act and things you’ve done. But in college, no one knows anything about you. If you always hated that everyone saw you as shy in high school, you can reinvent yourself by being more outgoing around all the new people you meet in college.
Resolution #3: Stay active
We’ve all heard of the dreaded “freshman 15.” With a dining hall full of burgers and pizza and no parents to stop them, many college freshmen put on weight. But you don’t need to be one of them. Get into the habit of eating healthy right now. Figure out what foods you like that are actually good for you.
Frequent exercise is also important. You could try an intramural sport, but if that’s not your thing, most colleges allow students free access to their gym.