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How-To: Survive your junior year of high school

Caden Chavalitanonda
Senior Miles Quisenberry pictured in Double Wolf Dare Week poster created by Caden Chavalitanonda and Isaiah Jaramillo

As the school year draws to a close, I grow increasingly fond of the fact that I have made it this far, despite the fact that I had no choice in completing the academic school year. If you feel the same way I do about school, here are some tips to make it through two semesters while maintaining your sanity.

Step 1: Find a good friend group 

Finding friends may prove to be a little difficult at first, but wedging yourself into a group of people who have similar interests could make your school year less stressful. I was lucky enough to make friends early on in my life and I can safely say I don’t know what I would have done without them. They can help you with school work, they can be a shoulder to cry on and they could push you to accomplish big things.

Step 2: Plan something ahead that you can look forward to

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Everybody’s working for the weekend for a reason. When I wake up each morning exhausted from the day before, I take a step back and think about getting to Saturday night. Make sure you’re taking care of your mental health each weekend. That could be hanging out with family and friends, or simply relaxing after school on Friday.

Step 3: Keep up with school work 

A big part of school is the work, of course. I have developed a system to make sure my school work is completed on time, which a lot of students struggle with. Create a method to keep up with assignments and their due dates. Procrastination is not a good trait to wield right before college. 

Step 4: Think about what you want for yourself in the future

Whenever I catch myself procrastinating, I try to look past the stress and anxiety and focus on what the work represents. I look at my current situation and remind myself that it is not permanent. This stage of our lives is simply a stepping stone to our goals, whether it’s college, a trade school or a job. It’s a very long process, but that’s what makes it worth it in the end. Create a goal and work towards it. 

If you take anything from this tutorial, let it be this: Your position is only temporary, If you need help never be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Finally, it’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while.

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