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How to Make Your High School Experience Memorable and Prosperous

Student Life

For many, high school is a four-year period to refine skills, aim for high SAT scores, and work hard. It can be challenging to balance a social life and relationships with a busy schedule. For students, engaging in social situations while pursuing their dreams can be challenging. They often feel the pressure of the need to have fun as high school is considered the best time in life. These varying factors do not have to define a high school experience! Here’s how to make your precious four years memorable and productive.

#1. Know Your Limits and Preferences

Acknowledging the time in which you work best will help you rearrange your schedule to best suit your needs. If you know you study best in the mornings, use that to your advantage. If, one day, you want to study and hang out with friends, arrange plans for the evening so you can maximize your studying in the morning! If there are obstacles in your schedule that prevent you from doing both, you must prioritize based on your own circumstances. It will be difficult, but as you pursue your education, it will become easier to make wise choices!

#2. Join or Found a School Club

Attending high school parties, ceremonies, and activities is one of the best ways to make these four years memorable. Another way to connect with new people is by getting involved with a club. Try joining clubs (or founding a club) that suits your interests and includes awesome opportunities.

As the founder of a community service-based club, Empowerment for the Youth, I strongly recommend considering starting a club/program at your school. The opportunity to be a club leader has taught me more about ways to help others in need. School clubs are delightful and can quickly become one’s passion.

#3. Multitask

When most people think of multitasking, the image of multiple computers, papers, or chores comes to mind. These thoughts depict multitasking as intimidating or very challenging. This doesn’t have to be the case! Multitasking can be as simple as remembering to purchase a notebook while shopping with friends. Or, it could be as complex as working on several tasks at once. The choice is yours.

#4. Spirit Days!

Most high schools in the United States of America have spirit days, which are dates when students dress in costumes or express a holiday or theme in their outfits. Some students prefer to avoid participating in spirit days since doing so is deemed “embarrassing.” However, dressing up or matching a theme is an excellent way to show off your school pride and spirit. Invite your friends to participate with you! Here are additional ways to pour out love for your school:

  • Send 'Thank You' cards and notes to teachers
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Apply for school leadership positions or scholarships
  • Compete in contests
  • Stay informed of school notices/updates

#5. Arrange Study Calls or Library Trips

Friends do not only have to be invited to dinner, sleepovers, movie theaters, or other attractions. Going to your local library or scheduling virtual study calls can help you interact with others while inspiring you to work hard. However, some are easily distracted by friends/classmates, since the standard of holding a lively conversation often depletes energy and work ethic. Traveling to the library or an academic institution without your friends is valid. Simply a quiet environment visited by dedicated people passionate about learning can increase motivation to study.

#6. It Isn’t All About Grades or Popularity

The classic clichés targeted toward adolescents tend to describe possessing beauty or brains. The popular group of girls obsessing over male athletes. Bookworms clutching textbooks nervously in the school hallways. These stereotypes, often emphasized in television programs, may affect how students view themselves.

It is normal to care about your appearance while getting good grades. Additionally, wearing the latest fashion style does not necessarily mean one is “popular” or “self-obsessed.” These barriers that have been passed down by generations need to be broken to move forward as a whole. Recognizing your interests and habits can guide you past this confusing conflict to strive for both social and academic success.

#7. Capture the Moment

Yearbooks typically capture most of the activities hosted at your academic institution. Purchasing one is a splendid way to keep track of your high school years while giving others the opportunity to leave a kind or humorous message inside. If you are unable to purchase a yearbook, making a scrapbook or collage of your memories is a more personalized and creative option. Any flyers that correlate with your high school events can be fantastic mementos too.

High school is a time of development, organization, and academic rigor. It is also an era of personal growth, expression, and companionship! While college awaits, so does a life of adventure and travel. The tiniest moments and significant achievements are part of what makes teenage years bursting with potential and imagination. Once this energy is fostered, the future is unlimited.

Kelly Halliburton
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Kelly Halliburton is a sophomore member of the Creative Writing Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. She enjoys writing poetry, volunteering, and reading. As the founder of a community service-based club, Empowerment for the Youth, she aspires to project meaningful ideas in the community.