Depending on who you sit next to, high school can be difficult to get through without too many bruises, scratches or regrets. These tips have helped me survive.
Organisation can be a simple or difficult task for some people and it’s different, depending on who you are. Getting organised can make you look a bit like a ‘neat freak’ or like you’re in the middle of an actual explosion! But, hey - you don’t want to lose marks on that late assessment simply because you lack organisation skills.
1. Look at other people’s organisation skills and get insight into a completely new realm of efficiency. You can ALWAYS learn something from other people’s tips and tricks.
2. Keep a diary and update it! It should include – all meetings, timetables, due dates, important notes.
3. Keep a binder folder and individual books for every subject to hold loose papers and write down notes.
I set alarms on my phone and you should see the stick-it notes on my desktop!
Begin assignments when you get them. This means you aren’t stuck writing an essay five minutes before it’s due. BUT...
Give yourself short breaks to relax - be active (don’t watch TV!)
Eat HEALTHY food, e.g. chocolate dipped fruit - not the stale chip packet sitting in the back of your cupboard
Get your blood and heart pumping! Take a spin ‘round the block, enjoy the sights to clear your mind. When you return, you’ll be more focused!
I try but sometimes fail at following this rule, but when it’s CRUNCH time, get off Facebook, stop sharpening your pencils and tidying your desk - that just delays the inevitable!
BECOME THE DREAM YOU!
Not meaning a totally new person, but look at things you didn’t like about yourself in the past, whether it be low self-control, or that inconvenient impatience.
This is the time to step up. DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE JUST DREAMS - they can become a reality. But whatever you do, don’t change yourself entirely just so you fit in, stay true to yourself – you’ll find friends worth keeping, instead of the fake ones that only like the person you’re pretending to be!
When I entered high school I hated being treated like a doormat. I made the decision in about year 7 to become the mistress of my own destiny! No more feet wiping on me! Today I am known as an outspoken, strong, independent young women with a clear sense of social justice in sticking my neck out for the underdog! Making this change has led me to many new opportunities, including getting the role of school captain. It was a long journey, terrifying at times, but it has paid off in the end.
DON’T NEGLECT SUPPORT!
Your support group are the ones who can help shape your future self. For me, they are my family, for others it might be your positive friends – FIND YOUR #SQUAD! Spend time making memories together.
Get your priorities straight – a failed test can often be made again but relationships once failed are more difficult to remake. The only marks that follow you after school are the ones in your nightmares, but your support group is constantly in your life.
I’m fortunate my own family have supported me through school, although we’ve gone through some rough patches. Whoever your support group is, making the biggest impact in your life – NEVER neglect them!
Lastly, HAVE FUN! Resolve past conflicts, make new friends, and try your hardest! Remember, We’re all in this together! – High School Musical
by Moale James