March 25, 2020
OH MY GOODNESS!! I HEAR YOU!
Let me just say, high school isn’t easy. You and I both know it. Senior year of high school was far from my favorite year. Yup, you heard that right. I surprisingly didn’t enjoy it really at all and all I wanted to do was get the hell out of there and graduate (as I am sure over half of you are feeling now). I didn’t have a “set” group of friends and I was far from “popular” at my school – now I hadn’t fallen off the face of the earth unpopular but you know what I mean. My senior year was basically busy work after busy work and I was so over it. I wanted to be done and just be working full time. School is not my thing. Whether we like school or not, we still have to get the work done and graduate. You bet your sweet booty I never turned in late work and always did extra credit – well ok, sometimes did extra credit.
I want to help you. I want you to be successful. I have decided to compile all of my tips and tricks to help you survive your senior year.
#1: Get Your Sh*t Together
Biggest tip I can give. Be prepared. Don’t procrastinate. Stay on top of things.
I cannot tell you enough, make sure you stay organized. Figure out what works for you and do it. The last thing you need is to forget about an assignment or a test and come in completely unprepared. You will thank yourself later.
Now I know, how simple is it?! How can you forget an assignment?! It happens people. I have been there too. Then at the last minute you write that BS paper just so you have time to turn something in so you don’t get a 0. We have all been there and if you haven’t, go you! But be careful because it can happen to anyone. Second, you would think, there are the people who want to make A’s in school and there are people that don’t try at all. You can’t fix that. But if you’re one of the people that slack off and rely on others to help you or just don’t do it at all – tough love here buddy – when you go out into the real world, your friends aren’t there to help you and you boss isn’t going to remind you constantly of all the things you need done. Best time to start learning this is now.
Ok. Ok. I’m done with my lesson. This is what I’ve learned how I can stay organized:
– Make to-do lists: Keep track of all the things you need to do that week (or month) and write everything down so you don’t forget anything. Then make a list of priorities and when things need to be done. That way you don’t stress yourself out over remembering everything and you don’t lose track of what needs to be done when.
These I prefer doing on paper rather than digitally. I feel like it’s easier to see everything laid out. Also, being able to cross something off is super satisfying.
– Keep a planner for your homework: Ok so my biggest tip is to use the app “reminders” (on apple devices). I keep a list that is called homework and for each “reminder” I put the subject name (ex: English: *list homework here*) and then follow it with what is due. I find it super helpful especially because I can have it alert me when I need to work on something.
I have been using this method to keep track of homework since my freshman year of high. school and still use it today. It is super easy.
– Keep your room (fairly) clean: Wow, did this one surprise you? Now not only do you need to organize your school stuff, you also need to organize your mind. If you have a messy room, you are more likely not going to feel organized and on top of things. If you have an organized/clean room you will feel more relaxed and that will release some of the potential stress levels you may have. Now I’m all for stress cleaning at 2 am when the energy hits you but that shouldn’t always be your strategy. Start by making your bed everyday (if you don’t already). It feels so much better to come home to a made bed than to one that looks like a tornado swept through it.
#2: Do Your Homework and Study
I’m just going to say it. 99% of the time you think homework is pointless and it’s just busy work – ok maybe 100% of the time. I got you. I feel you. Now let me tell you how much I wish I still got homework. Reality in college, you have classes that the only grades are tests and you wish you have homework to help inflate your grade. That’s right. If you bomb the test you bomb the class because there aren’t any homework grades to cushion you fall.
This is what I learned throughout high school (and in college):
– Always do your homework: Ok, duh. But seriously. Do it. Every single point counts. Especially when it comes to that 89% in a class and if you only did homework it would go from a B to an A. – or if you do your homework anyway, your teacher is much more likely to bump that grade of yours.
– Figure out how you study: Everyone’s study routines are different. It’s a lot of trial and error but it’s best you figure it out in high school before grades really truly count. And yes, grades still count in high school but in college, your grade may be determining the scholarship(s) you’re on and you don’t want to lose money because you didn’t study for that one test.
I learned that I, personally, remember information best when it’s fresh in my head. I will look over the material a week before the test, make quizlets, re-write information down and make “cheat sheets” (They are not real cheat sheets! It’s more for memorization. Write down every important thing you think you’ll need as if your teacher says, “you can bring one sheet of paper and use it on the test” scenario). Then don’t touch your study tools until the day before and of the test read through all of it. That’s how I best memorize it because I’m not overworking my brain.
#3: Take “Me” Time
I am so bad at this sometimes. Don’t forget to take time out for you. Now don’t do it when you should be studying or other projects but make sure it’s not all work and no play.
If you make your to-do list and plan out your week, make one day where you don’t have homework to do or any other plans. Take an afternoon to just relax and not have to be out and about doing things.
– Don’t over book yourself: It’s ok to say “no” and that “you’re busy” or “just not up for it.” If you over pack your week all you’ll be feeling is stressed because you’re moving from one thing to the next. I have definitely done that before. At the end of the week I was extremely pooped and did not feel like doing things that I had said yes to earlier in the week.
#4: Random Tips
– Get there early to school (10 minutes min, 20 minutes max): I promise it seems like a lot but I found it beneficial. Not only does it ensure you’re on time, but I found that it helped me decompress before class actually started. I never liked the feeling of getting to school and the bell immediately ringing as I got to my seat. I liked to get there early, get adjusted, and then talk to my friends and catch up – especially on a Monday. Doing so also allowed me to get organized without feeling rushed. I still do it in college so I am not rushing. I sit in my class (before it begins) and do whatever on my phone or laptop. It is almost therapeutic to me.
Even if you don’t do this everyday, I dare you to try it at least once and see if it makes a difference for you.
– Don’t stress over it: I have a lot of troubles with this. The thing you have to remember is if it won’t matter in a week, don’t worry about it. Especially if it’s grades. There isn’t anything you can go back and do to change it but you can change what you do from them on.
– Always ask for help: Now, this may be a “duh! I knew that!” or it may make you feel like if you ask questions it means you’re stupid. Wrong. I think I ask wayyyy to may questions but you will definitely benefit from it. 1. It shows your teacher you’re trying. 2. It gets your questions answered.
A letter to you:
I believe in you. I know you can make it through anything. Sometimes you feel like the best thing ever and sometimes you don’t feel great and that’s ok. I just want to say that I’m here if you ever need anything, I never want you to feel alone. Tell me all your problems. Rant to me if you need to.
Need someone to look over an essay you’re super proud of and need it proof read? I got you! The best thing just happened and you want to share it? Tell me! I’m listening and I will hype you up. Having a bad day and you just need to let it all out? I’m always a text message away.
Don’t freaking worry about the past. It’s ok. People make mistakes and no one is perfect. Literally no one.
It’s ok to have sh*tty days. We all do but find someone who can help you get through them. Each day alone is an accomplishment and I am proud of you!
Seniors: I know how bad you want to graduate. Don’t let those days slip through your fingers either. Don’t wish away the days you can spend with your friends that may be going to a different school than you and then you think you see then at your school Starbucks and get super excited and want to go up and hug them but you realize it’s not actually them and then you get a little sad – true story.
The point is, enjoy every day. Let me be your shoulder to cry on or the hype man for a big accomplishment you just did! I am always here if you need me!
I believe in you and you’ve got this!!