- Take your hard classes first semester.
2. It’s gym class, not the Olympics.
Gym class can be really enjoyable with the right people. It's a nice break from the sitting and writing that takes up most of your day. Yet some people take competition a little too far and get a bit carried away. Always remember that it's just a gym class and it's nothing to get too excited about.
3. Procrastinate a day early.
Everyone procrastinates; it's a fact of life in high school. However, it is important to keep it under control. So know your limits in order to have enough time to get everything done.
4. Join clubs and/sports.
If you want to enjoy high school, you should try to get involved. Clubs and sports are the way to find a good group of friends and really explore what you're passionate about. In school it's important to reach outside your comfort zone and explore what you can accomplish as a team and as an individual.
5. In 10 years no one will care if you were the valedictorian of your high school class.
Aiming high is great, but when all you care about is your GPA, you can tend to miss out on the other great parts of being in high school. After high school, no one really cares if you were first, tenth, or fiftieth in your class.
6. Stay organized.
The worst feeling in the world is losing a paper and assignment that you already completed. Make sure you have everything you need before coming to school, and make sure you can locate a paper quickly and easily.
7. Think long and hard before deciding to take dual enrollment or AP classes.
If you want to get a head start on your college education it would be a smart decision to take AP and/or dual enrollment classes. Dual enrollment courses can be taken in person at a local college, but the cheapest and most popular option is to take online courses through HACC. Dual enrollment courses guarantee college credit without taking an AP test, but if you’re taking an online course, it won't go as in depth into the material as an AP class. In addition some colleges, such as Penn State, will give you more credit for an AP class than a dual enrollment class. This won't matter until you reach Junior year, but it's still an important decision to consider.
8. Manage your time and energy efficiently.
You can't do everything. Everyone has a finite amount of time and energy, so you have to use it wisely. Between school work, clubs, sports, and everything else you do, it's easy to become worn out and drained of energy. Too often students find themselves stretched thin by all their commitments, so it's important to be aware of your limits and take time for yourself.