The Secrets To Success
Sarah Mulchand '14
It can be difficult to navigate the ever-changing maze that constitutes St. Ignatius College Prep. Between the 1,469 students, 126 faculty, and multitude of hallways and stairwells, we all feel a little lost at times. I'll let you in on a few "secrets" which can help you succeed in this sea of studies.
1. Set goals and prioritize
One of the most important steps to finding your equilibrium at SI is to look ahead and set personal goals. Although these goals may change over time, setting them helps balance and prioritize the different aspects of your life. As senior Ella Nicolson says, “I’ve got a vague idea of the future--I know where I eventually want to end up--and I know that to get to Z I have to pass through the other 24 letters, and it helps if I take it one letter at a time.”
2. Be proactive!
Be proactive about your classes rather than reactive--instead of wailing over bad test grade, do something about it! Take advantage of the abundant resources around you and ask for help. Go to a resource room or meet with a teacher during office hours. As Joanna Quattrin '14 explains, the key to her success at SI is "being comfortable enough with my teachers to approach them." Teachers love it when you show determination to do well in their subject, and they want to help. As the old saying goes, “Ask, and ye shall receive.”
3. Take risks
Right now, you may have no idea what you want from high school, or maybe you’re at a crossroads or roadblock. The only way you can figure out where you want to go is if you take that first leap. New people and uncomfortable situations can be scary, even as a senior, but often the reward far outweighs the risk.
4. “Me” time
Whether it’s soaking in a hot bath, shooting hoops with friends, or singing at Friday Morning Liturgy, remember to save time to do whatever it is you need to relax and recharge. Your sanity is more important than society’s expectations.
Sometimes we underestimate the power of listening, not to just hear words, but to understand them. A good listener can rephrase the speaker’s words to the speaker and hear in response, “Yes, that’s exactly what I meant!” You don’t have to agree, and you may still have questions, but imagine the impact if students truly listened to teachers in class. Listening is also a vital practice in friendships and relationships. So take the time and effort to learn from the ideas of someone else. You never know what you might discover.
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