A Guide To A (Somewhat) Stress-Free Junior Year
Everyone says that junior year is the hardest year of high school, but every year has its challenges. During freshman year, you’re at the bottom of the food chain in a brand new school, trying to make new friends and balance new classes and upperclassmen that don’t particularly enjoy your presence. Sophomore year, you’re not a freshman but not an upperclassman. It’s an awkward stage. Senior year is basically the end. You have a few classes, still deciding on colleges or your next steps after graduation, ready to be done with high school. Then there’s junior year.
As the first semester of junior year comes to an end, I’ve started to grasp just how real everything is. In previous years I’ve always been pretty good in school. Despite being a huge procrastinator, completing assignments and turning them in on time even at the last minute is a specialty of mine. However, this year things have been completely different. Taking all honors classes, an AP class, being on the yearbook and newspaper staff, working a part time job, and on top of everything missing eight days of school for the Balarat program has only created chaos. I’ve already taken the PSAT, which means the next one in the spring is the real deal. Not only do juniors have to take the SAT and Accuplacer, it’s the year to start thinking about college. Traditionally, junior year is the year where you should start looking into different schools and thinking about what the next steps are. In the long run, a year and a half is not very long. This year in particular feels faster than ever. In the blink of an eye, we’re a week out from winter break and time is flying by. Reflecting on this first semester and thinking about the spring semester there’s many things I want to do in the spring that I wish I could go back and do differently.
I will admit, I have little room to talk about being on top of school and having a good year. Learn from my mistakes and don’t create unnecessary stress for yourself. It’s not worth the time and energy. Remember that after junior year, you only have one year left of high school, so make it count.