Following my first two years of high School, I learned a lot about how it works and the many parts that make the GV community keep on running. The culture of people from many different backgrounds makes our school an example of cooperation and celebration of the many aspects in one’s life. As a freshman you are examining the lives of those who came before you and the methods they have used through high school. As a sophomore, you start to go and join the activities that interest you and set your schedules for how they best fit you and how you see yourself in the future. Your junior year, you are taking a more important role in the school, and you start to get constantly asked about college, whether you have an answer or not about the next 5 years. Seniors have a constantly busy schedule, having to navigate there large schedules to get everything done and graduate. To help any high schooler, here are some helpful tidbits to get you going on your high school career.
- Join one or more of the many clubs or activities in the school. There are many different groups and organizations for all different types of students in the school, from Model UN to Newspaper Club to Ski Club. You can join in the play as an actor or in stage/tech crew, or join one of the music programs from band to chorus. Put yourself out there and find what you like to do and make friends with people who enjoy the same things you do.
- Keep your grades up. Whether you are looking into going to college or not, good grades are a primary focus point for employers in all fields of work. Taking the SAT’s and ACT’s are required by many universities and pay attention in your Career Development class; you may learn a thing or two.
- Find time for yourself and for friends and family. With so much going on, it’s easy to forget that you should slow down once in awhile and take a breather. Plan a family game night or invite friends over to a movie. Make some time to relax, whether it be listening to music or going out for a jog. The mind and body need more rest than you might think.
Lastly, make sure you enjoy your time here! It may seem like a long time on a day to day basis, but you’ll be through your four years and graduating into the adult world before you know it. Remember to spend time with friends and have fun.