Nina Pappas ‘14
Welcome to the hardest year of your life! The dreaded junior year is here but no fear, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds. The summer entering my Junior Year, I was told plenty of horror stories: all-nighters, pop quizzes, insane homework, and worst of all… the SAT. So, to help you through all the ups and downs, here’s some tips from Seniors.
“Balance=the key to success. Yes it’s good to have honors and AP classes but at the same time, seize the year. With senior year coming up, try new things and be open to new opportunities,” says CJ Arenas ‘14. Sarah Mulchand ‘14 agrees, “Junior year can be hard. When you need to do work, put away those ipad games and get it done! At the same time, make sure you take time to relax and unwind.” It’s important to have a balance, so don’t forget to do the things that make you happy! That means if you want to take a half an hour off studying to bake, play a video game, go outside.. do it. It’s actually better for your brain to take little breaks in studying instead of one constant cram session.
“Don’t procrastinate, stay on top of your stuff, if you're an athlete get in touch with coaches, but mostly have fun,” warns Armand Hernandez ‘14. That’s something we have all heard over and over again, but it is so true: it’s always better to get something done right away.“Be proactive,” echoes Julia McKeon ‘14. You will get a lot of projects during Junior Year so you will be in charge of dividing up your time. Don’t wait for the night before to do all the work!
“Don’t put off the SAT or ACT. They don’t take as much time as you think,” advises Liam McCarthy ‘14. You will hear this a lot, but it’s not really about the score or grade you get. What’s more important is what you learn because in ‘real life’ you need to be able to apply and use what you’ve learned. Taking these tests early shows you where you need to improve in case you need or want to take them again--besides getting them done takes a huge weight off your shoulders.
Sophie Napoli ‘14 admonishes, “Don’t be scared to ask your teachers questions!” “Take advantage of meeting teachers during resource, and if you feel stressed go buy a commons cookie,” concurs Michelle Lee ‘14. Instead of stressing out, just talk to your teachers—they are really understanding and are there to help you! And if you end up doing poorly on a test, don’t be afraid to ask if a retake is possible.
So Juniors, take a breath and relax.
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