I’d like to start off with the freshmen. At this point, you are beginning to realize the enormous difference between high school and middle school. As freshmen, your first priority is to keep a good grade average. It is up to you to really focus on your goals and self-motivation and think about the reason you are in school. It won’t be long until sophomore year comes around. The year goes by really fast. It feels like only months ago when my sophomore teacher would say, “Before you guys know it, you will take the SAT and you will soon realize that you are on your way to college.” Who would believe these words when you have two more years ahead? Well, he was right. Thinking that there’s a lot of time to slack off in school is one of the worst mistakes. As for the juniors and seniors, there’s two main goals: Study for the SATs and apply to as many colleges as possible. The SAT could be the most important test of your life. You have a lot of chances to take it, but the earlier the better. Senior year is stressful, yes, but that’s what you have friends and teachers for. You need to have a good relationship with your teachers and counselors because they will need to write recommendation letters for you. The best things that you can have through high school are friends who share a common goal of succeeding in life. Surround yourself with good influences and I guarantee that high school will be a walk through the park.
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It is with great appreciation of those who contributed to the man I am today that I write this letter to the students who will come after me. I am writing with the hope of passing on the knowledge that I’ve gained in the past four years. Coming into high school as an individual who had always been scared of failure, I was fearful of the challenges ahead. I believed that I wasn’t smart enough, that I would be bullied like I’d seen in so many movies. But high school was nothing like Hollywood had hyped it up to be. One major thing that I learned from my high school experience is to stay focused. That means not allowing unnecessary pleasures to take over and never ceasing to work hard. Academics should always be your top priority. Also, you should never settle for less. Many times, students make the mistake of going for grades that are considered passing rather than striving for top honors. In reality, most people can never accomplish every goal they set but you must never consider yourself a loser. You either achieve the goal or learn a valuable lesson along the way.
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Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.48.52 AMSenioritis. Procrastination. Insomnia. Grade pressure. Inconsiderate teachers. Papers due. College decisions and considerations. Yes, these are some of the issues you’ll be faced with when you become a senior in high school. Senior year may be when decisions are finalized, but concerns start to build before that. If you’re a junior, never think twice about the things you have to complete. When you have a paper due, do it. Do not put it off because it will only make you even more stressed out. I want to advise you guys not to worry about who’s doing what or what they’re wearing. Worry about yourselves and move forward with your desires. Research colleges that meet your requirements and search-up scholarship opportunities. Believe that no matter how low your GPA or how bad you think your SAT score is, at least one college will see your potential and accept you with open arms. Realize that dreams can be turned into reality through hard work and determination.
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Future seniors: The last year of high school is one to be remembered. It’s the last year in the building where you skipped class for the first time. The last year in the building where you cried and laughed with your friends. The last year where you will see the best drama scenes unfold in front of your eyes. But it’s also the time where you need to start preparing for the next step: college. My advice is to start applications early so you will have more time to work on scholarships and school assignments. Applying to Bottom Line is one of the best things a senior can do, because it will help with every step of your college applications, the essay being one of them. I would say to make your college essay one of the finest pieces you have ever written. Colleges do look at grades for the first two terms, so you should work hard on getting A’s and B’s during your last year of high school. You should apply to as many scholarships as you can so that at the end you can get more free money for college. Last but not least: Try to have fun because this year will never come back.
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The high school years are a very important stage in every teenager’s life and are meant to teach us valuable lessons. However, as students, we sometimes fail to recognize the principles being taught and often find ourselves regretting the choices we made. As a graduating senior, I have learned a couple of things these past four years that I would like to share with the upcoming seniors. My number one piece of advice is to take every little assignment seriously. Do not wait until the end of the term to try to make up work because we all know that is stressful and you don’t really end up with the grade you want. Also, giving teachers attitude and refusing to do their assignments because you don’t like them is not the best thing to do. You are the one who is going to lose in the end because that teacher is going to get paid and you are going to end up with an F. Do not wait until senior year to start looking into colleges and trying out the SATs. We all know applying to colleges is not easy but it becomes more difficult if you wait for the last minute. Remember that you cannot get back time wasted so instead of using your time cursing people out on Facebook and Twitter, do something productive. Granted, you cannot take away the drama that comes with high school but when you spend most of your time on social networking sites insulting other students, that becomes a problem.
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