To 14-year-old Jeisabela:
Bruh. Stop playing right now! You were the slacker in middle school and I know you’re telling yourself that you’re not going to do it again… but you are. You’re going to start off strong but once you get comfortable, you’re going to fail. You’re going to skip class, talk back to your teachers and hang out with your friends instead of getting your work done. I know you think you’ll be able to handle your friends and your work (and you can), but you won’t, and you know it.
Let me explain a few things you should do to make it through the school year. You should do your work, stay out of trouble, and manage your time because, if not, you’ll be stuck with the slacker grades.
First off, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEEEEE, do your work!
LITERALLY. Do. It.
Don’t go out after school. Don’t do sleepovers. Sit in a quiet space alone and not with friends. You don’t have to completely isolate yourself, just know your limits. Sit next to someone you know won’t distract you in class, or friends that won’t distract you. You may think just because it’s your freshman year you can chill and do whatever, but you’re just making it harder on yourself in the long run. Start off strong and finish strong. You don’t want a low GPA or to have yours be lower than your friends. They may be able to get their work done and hang, but you can’t. Having a low GPA will make sophomore year harder for you.
Second, stay out of trouble. Skipping class is all fun and games until you’re caught and you’ve landed yourself in detention. Your friends will hang out after school and you’ll be alone in detention with other people who didn’t make great choices and are probably not doing well at school because of their behavior and mindset. Why would you do that to yourself so early in the game? Talking back to teachers will get you nowhere. They’ll stop respecting you and they won’t be recommending you for anything because they can’t trust or see potential in you. Show you’re a bright student through your actions. Don’t hang out with people who don’t act smart and do things like talk back to teachers, because that's how you’ll pick up on it and develop a really bad habit and character. There’s a book called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. READ ITTTT!
Third, manage your time and don't procrastinate! Don’t get into the habit of making unimportant things a priority. Don’t think things like “I will just do my homework after I go to the mall.” NO! Instead, think “maybe I should get my work done before I go to the mall.” Thinking like that is more mature and is a better plan that is more in touch with your goals. Always be proactive and don’t blame your friends for your failings. It’s no one’s fault but your own. You could’ve said no to the mall and went another time because the mall will always be around, but that work has a deadline. Besides, if they are your friends they will understand. If they don’t, then you don’t need them because the types of friends you need are the ones who want you to be successful. Friends that don’t are only gonna hold you back.
I know that I am only one year older than you are now, but trust me, if you follow these three pieces of advice, you’ll get through your freshman year with good grades and straight priorities. Good luck!