Advice for high school students
How to ENSURE you get into college while in high school. (Part One)
Hey, if you are in high school, this article is written directly FOR YOU. Trust me, I had to learn the hard way and humbled myself by going to community college for the first 1.5 years of my college experience, so I want to help the future generations of students to avoid my mistakes while they still have the time.
The first piece of advice I have is to maintain at least a respectable GPA.
I for one did not take this advice and finished with a 2.81 GPA unweighted, and a 3.03 weighted.
Obviously find your strong suits and work on improving them so they are your biggest strengths. For me my biggest strong suits in high school were math, writing, and history.
Then find your weaknesses, and instead of ignoring them like I did, put a concentrated effort into getting at least a B in those courses.
My biggest weakness was SCIENCE. I hated science class with a passion. Nothing to do with the teachers, I just for the life of me could not do it.
What was my solution to my struggles with science, you ask?
I just ignored it. Like any 'rebellious' dumbass kid would. And it would eventually tank my GPA.
Like I said... DON'T DO THIS... Colleges look for the most well-rounded students. Employers look for the most well-rounded individuals. While it is vital to identify your strengths early and maximize them, you also need to make sure your weaknesses are almost non-existent.
Another piece of advice I have is to GET INVOLVED. I made the mistake of never really getting involved into sports or clubs while I was in high school. If I could do it all over again, I certainly would have. Did it hamper me and who I have become? No, but I believe I would have benefitted from these experiences.
Colleges look for individuals that have a wide variety of interests and it can be shown through their EXTRA CURRICULAR activities. You don't want to be a bum like me and show up for the bare minimum... BRANCH OUT, IT NEVER HURTS TO TRY NEW THINGS!
This can be signing up to play your favorite sport, or something as little as having an after-school club, all that matters is that you are getting involved.
I tried student government, I would later get into my university's student government, but I was mostly absent at my high school. If you are going to get involved, make sure you put in some effort while doing so.
HAVE A SUCCESSFUL STUDY PLAN
This one is self-explanatory on the surface, but although the concept of a good study plan is pretty easy, it is A LOT harder to actually follow through with studying.
The most important aspect of a good study plan is to ensure you do not pack it all into one night, especially the night before the exam. If you wish to actually retain the information, then space it out day by day, this way you can focus on certain concepts one at a time.
You want to focus on the areas that you are UNFAMILIAR with, if you know a concept well then do not waste time studying it. If anything, just briskly go over the concept so you have a 100% understanding of it.
This one I cannot empathize enough... talk to your advisors at school about college.
That's what they're there for, that's what they get paid to do.
I wish my advisor helped more, I remember putting my ticket in for college help and to no help. So, if you have an advisor that is willing to help with the college process it can make all the difference in the world.
Talk to them about the colleges you are interested in, what it would take for you to ENSURE you can get in there and meet on a regular basis on where you stand in terms of that.
They can help you during the college application process, which is dreadful but unfortunately is essential in the college applying process.
Stay tuned students. I will post more in detail; My plan is to write more in detail about the college application process, preparing for the SAT, and other fun stuff. Have a good one.