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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Freshman year of high school was not what I had expected. I thought it would be easy and fun -- but it turned into a horrible experience. The school year is going by very slowly. There is too much pressure being put on me. All of my teachers want me to meet their requirements -- and more. They say that we should spend two to three hours doing homework each night, but I spend double that. It is like I never get a break. I thought that the teachers would go slow on the students because it is their first year of high school. Instead, the teachers push the freshmen because they want us to get used to the life of a high school student and to be mature. In middle school, I had time to let the lessons sink in and understand them. This year, my teachers are moving at such a fast pace that I am not able to keep up. For example, in one class my teacher spends just a day teaching a whole section of the book. Although we are an honors class, I do not think there is enough time for us to understand what is being taught. In middle school, we were given at least two days to pass in our work. This year, they do not give us any chances to pass in our work late unless we are sick. I am a JROTC cadet, and I think it is a good program, but it adds to the stress. We have a yearly inspection and the instructors over-prepare us. They want us to memorize a lot of Navy knowledge, such as the Orders to the Sentry and the National Chain of Command. When inspection day came, however, it was not that hard. All they did was make sure that our uniforms were in good shape. This year, all I worry about is trying to pass my classes instead of understanding what I am being taught.
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