By Emma Barhoumi
Develop a relationship with your teachers.
A simple way to surviving high school is getting to know your teacher. Having a good relationship with your teacher is a must, simply because if they like you they’re more likely to be lenient if you don’t complete an assignment on time or need an extension. For example, if you’re writing an essay and its due very soon, but you have just a little more to add if you’re friends with that teacher and they know that you’re a hard working individual they’re more likely to give you an extension.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Everybody needs a little extra help sometimes, so don’t be afraid to raise your hand and get clarification. If you hesitate and don’t ask questions because you think you’ll look dumb or stupid than the only person you’re hurting is yourself. And maybe somebody in your class had the same question but was too scared to speak up and ask!
Do not procrastinate!
Procrastinating is literally the worst decision you can make in high school. Saying “Oh, I’ll do that next week! Oh, I’ll do that tomorrow.” and before you know it, its due today and it’s not complete. You have so many assignments in your classes, after school activities, and your social life that procrastinating is adding unnecessary stress to your life. To prevent this, time your work accordingly and do a little work each night.
Have an agenda and stay organized.
One of the things that stresses me out the most is getting to class to find out that I have a test/quiz that day that I forgot about and didn’t study for. This is so easily preventable by simpling getting an agenda, calendar, day planner or any organizer you choose and writing down all your assignments, due dates, test and quizzes etc. Also, have a separate folder for each period and keep your papers and assignments organized so they’re easy to find when you need them.
High school is supposed to be the time of your life! You get more freedom in school and at home so take advantage of it! Go to Friday night football games, pep rallies and homecoming because before you know it your 4 short years in high school will be over and and you’ll be off to college. Have school spirit and have fun!
Choose your friends wisely.
When you choose who you want to hang out with first think to yourself “Are these people influencing you in a positive way?”. If the kids are doing things you or your parents wouldn’t be proud of you doing personally then they’re probably not the right crowd of individuals you should be associating with. Your friend group influences a lot of your decisions and what you do so pick wisely.
Take challenging classes and be willing to take on extra work and assignments. You can be really surprised with what you’re capable of when you put your mind to it.
Get plenty of sleep!
Sleep is one of the most important and simple things you can do. Being tired in class and slacking off is not good because you miss out on instruction and material.