Well, I’m 1/2 way there.
Actually, a little less than 1/2 way there, but to make myself feel better, I’m saying that. I finish classes in mid-May, then have finals, THEN I’m done. Five months to go. Why am I so excited about this? Well, when they say junior year is the hardest year, they’re not joking.
Now, this year hasn’t been harder by a considerable measure. It’s not that I’ve had more work (even though I have, naturally). What makes this year so difficult is the amount of pressure that’s placed on you. Every little twenty point project can make or break your grade. That one quiz you got a C on- oh it comes back to haunt you. You start questioning everything you’re doing, and at least in my case, this questioning leads to lots of tears and anxiety over the future. As difficult as this year has been thus far, it has taught me some lessons that I can apply to other aspects of my life.
1.) Finding A Good Support Group is Key
Having a supportive friend group is key, especially during stressful times. When it’s late on a Wednesday night when I’m stressed for a math test, I love knowing that I can text one of our group chats and ask for advice. I’m always put in a better place because of the heart emoji’s and the support that’s sent my way, and I’m usually much more calm for the exam as a result.
It’s not just group chats and being able to talk to them late at night. It’s having a support group that allows you to cry on their shoulders about a rough test grade, stressful essay, or overall anxiety. This is so underrated, and I didn’t realize how much I needed this until this year.
2.) Getting the Job Done- Yeah, It Feels Good
Last year, I became the ultimate anti-procrastinator (is that a word combo??? Oops, don’t tell my honors english teacher). As soon as I got home from school and/or tennis, I would go straight to homework. I didn’t realize the satisfaction I got from this until this year, where finishing in two hours is an easy night. Most nights I’m doing homework for three hours, so I always try to remind myself of the feeling I feel when I finish. That feeling of freedom (for the night) motivates me beyond belief.
3.) Planners Are Your Best Friend
As a type-A person, my planer is my soulmate. That thing goes EVERYWHERE with me (oh, and I mean EVERYWHERE). I love it for blogging purposes of course, but for school- it is a gift from above. I write down my daily schedule in it, all the work I have to do, when i want to go to bed, when I need to take breaks- everything. I even write down things that are habits, like practicing my guitar or cleaning my room. It brings me a sense of relief to see it written down, and it motivates me to get it done, because lets be honest- CROSSING THINGS OFF YOUR TO-DO LIST IS THE GREATEST FEELING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Moral of the story- buy yourself a planner and watch your life be changed.
4.) Studying Ahead Really Does Have Benefits
I have a fear of running out of things- pencils, peanut butter, photos to post on Instagram (is that sad???). Time is on the top of that list; I constantly worry about running out of time to study, and as a result, always start studying ahead. I wake up very early to workout before school, so studying ahead and on the weekends has been my lifesaver.
A strategy I’ve discovered that works for me is writing flashcards for the material the day we learn about it. This helps because the information is still in my mind, and I can retain the information better. I then study the new flashcards, as well as any old flashcards from that unit. This way, I feel more prepared for the next class and the upcoming test, since I’m consistently reviewing the material.
5.) Stress WILL Consume You, and You Will Struggle With It
My life is a constant rollercoaster of stress. Everyday, I feel like school brings me something new to stress about- whether it be a test, paper, grade, lack of sleep, etc. I could go on and on about the moments where I’ve felt like giving up and going to sleep, or the moments where I feel like the world is completely against me. I didn’t give up in those moments, but I’m not saying I learned what to do the next time around. I’m still struggling to manage stress, but we all are. The point of this section is to tell you that it’s okay not to know what to do immediately. By the end of the school year, I hope to learn what to do in those moments and put it towards other aspects of life.
6.) Coffee IV’s Really Need to be Invented
The fact that it’s 2015 and we have pizza vending machines but no coffee IV’s makes me disappointed in our society. I mean- imagine all the work I could get done if I had a constant stream of coffee going through me!!!
Coffee is my best friend. Though the caffeine helps for sure, I’ve found that I truly enjoy the taste of it. When I see the fresh brewed coffee after one of my morning workouts, I feel better about the upcoming school day.
But seriously- Obama, we really need to step up our coffee game as a nation.
That’s all I have for today… with five months left to go, I’m sure I’ll feel lots of stress and emotions that will come out in a near blog post of sure 😉
If you’re a junior in high school- how is it going for you? If you survived junior year- HOW?!?!?!??!
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