High school and why to do it right

student sleeping on booksEverybody knows high school can be a drag.  The whole schedule is set, and students have very little freedom to take the classes they really want to take.  It can be difficult to stay focused on boring school work with all of the other things to do like sporting events, dances, dating, and hanging out with friends.  Even though it can be a drag, doing well in high school is more important than one may think.  Here are a few reasons why doing high school right is important.

College

The main reason doing high school right is to get into the right college.  Most colleges are very selective about which students they will accept.  The students with low grade point averages and “lounging by the pool” as their only extra-curricular activity will have a hard time getting in where they want to go.  Generally, colleges like to see at least a B+ average with quality extra-curricular activities like student government, athletics, community service, or other leadership activities.

No lie, some colleges accept everyone.  Some of these colleges and universities provide a high quality education.  However, even though students who blow off high school can get accepted to these open enrollment schools, they might not be able to do everything that will be required of them once they are accepted.  By working pretty hard in high school, students prepare themselves for the rigorous workload given in college.

Scholarships

Nobody really wants to pay for college.  The best way to go for free is to get a scholarship.  Committees of people decide who gets what scholarship.  Those committees are generally looking for several important things.  They want to see a high grade point average, leadership experience, and extra-curricular activities.  Don’t worry; most of them do not want to see a high quantity of extra-curricular activities.  There can still be plenty of time to hang out, as long as students stay involved in a quality extra-curricular activity in which they are really involved.

Graduation

Everybody looks forward to getting out of high school.  Sticking with the boring classes and getting through is important if for nothing else than to get a diploma and graduate with friends.  Dropping out may seem like an easier option, but in reality, getting a diploma will look better on resumes, open up the opportunity to go to college there is interest, and give students the satisfaction of completing a school work marathon.  Most people are in school for 13 years.  To drop out the last year would kind of be a waste of the previous 12 years.

Self-Confidence

Let’s face it; no one wants to be the dumb one in the room.  Finishing high school is one way to show that a person has the ability to see things through.  High school graduates will also have that diploma to support them as they continue to seek knowledge.  People who finish high school are generally healthier, more confident, and live a more fulfilled life because they have the ability to continue to move forward in their careers.

Getting through high school may seem like a pointless endeavor, especially when grades are low and classes are boring.  It is important to remember that getting through high school has lots of benefits.  It really is worth it.  Just remember that high school leads to college, good grades leads to free money, getting through leads to graduation, and finishing 13 years of school is quite the accomplishment.

Finding Balance

happy teen blowing bubblesTeens are among the busiest people in the world.  They have to balance school, work, extra-curricular activities, family, friends, and personal hobbies.  Things have gotten even crazier as many teens have both school friends and cyber friends.  They must maintain myspace, twitter, and facebook accounts also.  Here are a few tips for finding balance among the pull of the many different things pulling at a teenager’s time.

Prioritize

Prioritizing can be one of the most difficult things to do as a teenager.  Everything that a teenager does can sometimes seem like the most important thing in the world.  This is good.  It means that they are doing everything with passion.  At the same time, it can cause a teen to be burned out, frustrated, or simply bored.

A good way to figure out what activities are more important than others is to weigh them against each other.  When doing this, teens must look at past benefits, future benefits, and current benefits of each activity.  They must do the same for minuses.  Teens should also consider what they really enjoy doing as well.  For example, a teen that loves art but hates math might want to drop elective engineering courses, and focus on art courses.

Set Goals

One way to help stay focused on what is really important, teens should learn to set goals.  Setting goals can help develop self-discipline, which will come in handy no matter what the teen’s passions are.  When teens set goals, they should figure out specifically what is to be accomplished, establish a plan for accomplishing it, and setting a specific time by when it should be accomplished.

Here is an example:  If I wanted to learn to jump a five stair on a skateboard, then I would first specifically state that.  Then, I would establish a plan.  My plan would be a series of smaller goals.  First I would conquer a two stair, then a four stair, and finally the five stair.  I would figure out how much time each day I could dedicate to practicing.  Then I would place dates on each small goal, and a final date when I would land the five stair.  Then I would write it all down and put it somewhere where I could see it every day.

Take a deep breath

Often teens feel like that must do everything.  Take a deep breath, this isn’t true.  Teens do not have to everything everyone else is doing.  For example, something small would be to focus on one social network, instead of maintaining three or four accounts.  No one expects teens to play a sport, do student government, maintain a job, volunteer their time, get straight A’s and watch the full prime time television lineup all at the same time.  Weeding out a few activities through prioritization and goal setting is allowed.  In fact, it may even be healthy for teens to take kick back and relax.  Having time with no responsibilities will allow for rejuvenation, reflection, and self-development.

Teens are pulled in a million different directions.  Sometimes it may seem like they must do all of the million things to stay competitive in the future.  While it is important to be involved, this can be accomplished without having a nervous breakdown.  Teens just need to remember to prioritize, set specific goals, and take a deep breath.  High school is supposed to be fun, not stressful.