No matter where you are in life, making wise choices in order to prep yourself for the near future is a MUST! I know most of us here are teenagers and are probably not too worried about what we’ll be doing in the next few years, but it is so important to start thinking and planning for it.
Time goes by so fast and before we know it, months have turned into years, and time may run out before we have a secure plan for our future selves.
In this article I will be sharing what I’ve been doing to help prepare myself for the future, and some things that I do to make the job easier. As I know, it’s hard to make choices when you don’t know where to start so hopefully my ideas can reach people who need it.
To start off, I am currently a junior in highschool. I remember being a freshman and hearing from upperclassmen friends that junior year was the worst year of highschool and in most cases, I now agree with them. This year hasn’t been easy for any of us, and it’s important to take that into account. It’s good to have pressure, as it can drive us to strive harder for our goals, but remember that too much pressure can be really bad for us. So please look out for yourselves.
I personally work better under pressure, as it doesn’t allow me to fall under the trap called procrastination, but I know everybody works differently.
This year I am taking much harder classes than I did last year. I have decided to take an AP class, two DE (Dual-Enrollment) classes, and I have been looking for ways to make my transcript look better.
I’ve also been doing a lot of college prep; researching colleges/universities that I plan to apply to, checking requirements for certain schools, watching college decision videos, and checking in with my upperclassmen friends for advice/help!
Since I plan to attend a 4 year college directly after graduating high school, I decided that it’s better to start the work way before college app season for my class (which is less than a year from now).
I also hate doing work last minute because my organization and schedule is thrown off and it just ends up being a mess. So that’s why I decided to start planning ahead earlier. This also leads me to being slightly less stressed than I would have been when college app season starts.
My friend who also did this when she was in junior year, and she influenced me to follow her steps, and plan beforehand. She’s also been giving me advice on applying for schools and trust me, it makes the work seem much more approachable.
Of course, this doesn’t completely make the college app season easier, as the stress will be there, it just won’t be as intense as it could be. So please think about your options if you do plan to attend college. Ask around, watch some youtube videos, ask your school counselor for some advice, it is never too early to start preparing. There are also a lot of good resources on the internet you guys can look for, if your current school is not an option.
I understand some people don’t plan to attend college, which is completely okay! I think you can still apply what I said towards similar goals of yours. Just plan, plan, plan!
I hope you guys took away something from this, especially to the ones who may need it. Stay safe this holiday season!