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.

What Clubs to Join

saberists boutingWhile you are in high school, it is a good idea to look at different clubs to join!  This is a great way to meet new peeps and friends!  Plus, having opportunities for leadership and involvement with clubs is a really impressive addition to any college resume.  If you’re not sure what club you want to join, here are a couple of tips to help you find the right club for you:

  1. Look at the time and money required: Although some clubs are a lot of fun, they can also become a huge time commitment.  Before joining a club, take a look at how much time you will need to dedicate to club meetings and events.  Another thing to think about is money.  Even though a lot of clubs are free, other clubs require you to spend money or pay a fee to participate.  If you don’t have enough time to make a solid commitment to the group, or if you can’t afford to pay the fee, it might be better to put off joining this club until later.
  2. Look for leadership: If you are interested in joining a club to strengthen your college application, look for clubs where you can also be a leader.  This doesn’t mean that you have to join the club and kick out the current president, but look for ways that you can contribute to the club.  Then, with time and participation, you will be able to grow in leadership and responsibilities within your club organization!  Another great idea is to see if your school has a BETA club, a national club that is designed for students to develop leadership skills and perform service.  Another club that offers leadership is the National Honors Society – this club is organized throughout the country, and there is probably one that is located at your school.
  3. What interests you? Clubs are a great way to get to meet friends that are interested in the same things as you.  There are lots of different clubs you can join – many clubs could be offered through your school, or you can join clubs in your community.  Your school advisor or counselor probably has a list of all of the school clubs, and they might have some ideas about which clubs might fit your interests.

Another great idea is to join a club that will help you develop or strengthen talents.  If you’re not the best reader, maybe you’d like to join a teen book club to become a better reader.  Or, if you don’t like to exercise, you could join (or even start!) an exercise club.  If you want to join a club in order to improve some kind of skill, it’s usually a good idea to join one of these clubs with a friend.  Then, if you’re not motivated to go exercise, your club buddies can keep you going!

Here is a list of clubs that often exist in high schools or in local communities:

  • American Sign Language club
  • Art club
  • BETA club (service and leadership club)
  • Book club
  • Bowling club
  • Chess club
  • Craft Club
  • Creative Writing club
  • Current Events Club
  • Dance club
  • Debate club
  • DECA (business marketing club)
  • Drama club
  • Ecology club
  • Earth Science club
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • Fencing club
  • Figure Skating club
  • Foreign language club (French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Chinese)
  • Journalism Club
  • Math club
  • Model United Nations (international affairs club)
  • Music club (Band, Choir, Orchestra, Musical Theater)
  • National Honors Society
  • Outdoor club
  • Photo club
  • Quilting club
  • School Newspaper Club
  • Science club
  • Spelling Club
  • Sports club (Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Swimming)
  • Stage Crew Club
  • Student Council

Getting more Involved in the Extra-Curricular

girl playing soccerExtra-curricular activities usually are activities which are available as some kind of supplement to your education.  These activities are usually voluntary, and you usually aren’t paid for participating in them.  But, they are a great way to meet new friends, serve in leadership positions, and have fun!  Being involved in extra-curricular activities also looks really good on resumes and college applications.  Plus, studies have been done which show that students who are involved in extra-curricular activities often get higher grades than students who are not involved in extra-curricular activities.  So, you should get involved!
Getting involved in extra-curricular activities is a lot of fun and exciting!  But, getting involved can also be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.  If you want to participate in extra-curricular activities and clubs, but don’t know how to start getting involved, there are a couple things that you need to know!
First of all, think about what kind of career, physical, creative, political, and social interests you have.  Then, see what kinds of activities are offered after school.  Many schools offer different kinds of clubs or activities that you can do.  If you’re worried about getting home after your extra-curricular activity, see if there is a school bus which leaves your school later.  Many schools offer activity buses so that students can participate in all of the programs that are offered.
The next thing that you will want to consider after looking at extra-curricular activities is time.  Do you have enough time to dedicate to the group?  If you are looking at serving in a leadership position in the group, will you have enough time to do a good job in that role?  For example, if you are an athletic person, you could consider joining one of the school athletic teams.  These teams often practice before and/or after school, and sometimes there are athletic meets or events on the weekends.  If you’re thinking about joining one of the school teams, make sure that you can give the team the time commitment that it needs.  If you slack off in your team responsibilities, it could not only affect you, but it could hurt the whole team!
Another thing that you’ll want to consider when looking at extra-curricular activities is money.  Although a lot of clubs and activities are free, sometimes there could be money that is involved.  For example, if you are involved in an athletic team, you might also be required to travel to athletic events and compete, and sometimes schools don’t fund the travel expenses.  If money is something that you need to consider, talk to you the school and coaches of the team before joining.
Besides athletics, there are also a lot of different clubs and other extra-curricular programs that you can get involved in!  If you like to write, you might consider joining a journalism club or a creative writing club.  If your school has a newspaper or a yearbook, you might like to get involved in writing for one of those groups!  You could also joining some of the other clubs, like creative writing club, current events club, debate club, Model United Nations, earth science club, foreign language club, or student council.
If you ever feel like you’re getting stressed out because of your extra-curricular activities, you might want to reconsider getting involved, or perhaps think about joining again later.  Make sure that you can stay on top of your homework and other responsibilities in addition to your extra-curricular work.  If you feel like you’re not able to stay on top of things, you might need to cut back.  Try and plan ahead to stay on top of everything in your life, and your extra-curricular activities will be fun and rewarding for you!