Hey Sophomores: 3 Tips on How to Survive Your Junior Year

by Amaya Banks, PCHS ’18

Junior year is the year you prepare yourself for your senior year, start looking at colleges to attend, start taking your ACT and SAT tests, and start to begin to accept the reality that you are actually going to be a senior next year. I will give you three important tips that will get you through your junior year.

Don’t Procrastinate-

  1. Do not be a pro at procrastination. Procrastination is something 90% of high schoolers struggle with. You cannot procrastinate when it comes down to signing up for the ACTs and SATs, because if you push those tests back you will catch yourself at the beginning of your senior year trying to take those tests. But if you don’t do as well as you want to, you will have to go back and take the test again. Then you won’t be able to apply for a college until spring and that is considered pushing it.

Surround yourself with positivity-

  1. Good vibes only. The environment and people you surround yourself with in high school is very essential. You have to get around people who are going to motivate and push you to be the best person you can be. High school can be stressful at times, and if your group of friends are full of drama and conflict then that just adds unnecessary stress to you. If your so-called friends aren’t there when you need motivation and help, then you need to reevaluate your circle.

Set and Accomplish Goals-

  1. Be ambitious and self-motivated. It is very important to set and actually accomplish goals in high school. Junior year of high school is the ideal time to start setting goals and start learning how to accomplish them because you have two years to get it together before you get to college and be on your own. The earlier you become self-motivated, the earlier you will accomplish things you thought you would never accomplish.

Do not be like some people who just go through high school with no ambition or motivation then get to college and drop out, because they could not handle the work or they just were not motivated to finish. That is why you should start during your junior year when you start to face challenges and adversity, because with adversity comes perseverance.


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