During high school, I was a very rebellious student. Although I always achieved high grades and performed well in class, I was the student that was constantly out of uniform or late to school. This led to some issues as I was going into my senior year of high school. I wanted to get into "Senior Institute," which was a cohort of the twelfth grade that took honors and advanced placement courses. Because I was constantly disobeying school rules, I was not automatically admitted into Senior Institute; I had to write an appeal to go with my nomination. I wrote my appeal and was able to get into SI under the conditions that I followed all school rules during my senior year. I am thankful that I was granted this opportunity because I believe that it put me in a good place for getting into colleges. If I could go back, I would change my attendance. I now follow the motto, "early is on time, on time is late, late is unacceptable." Being punctual is a small thing that says a lot about your preparedness as an individual.
Looking back at my high school experience I would not have changed anything. I did everything I was suppose to do in order to get a high GPA. I participated in many clubs and hung out with my friends everyday during after school - since we we're all in the same club. I have had some of the most memorable experiences all throughout my high school years and I honestly wouldn't want to redo or change anything.
To the shock and dismay of many people I really enjoyed my 4 years in high school. I made friends who I can surely say will be my friends for the rest of my life and I learned many life lessons that I will forever carry with me. But If I could change anything it would be in my senior year of high school. Towards the end of senior year I began to get lazy and slacked in my college process.
Although I successfully made it to college, because of minor mistakes I didn't allow myself as many opportunities as I could have. I could've certainly applied to more universities or at least looked into more options. My advice to students who are in high school right now would be to take senior year and the college process very seriously. Many people joke about senioritis, but this joke is in fact a truly serious matter. Colleges still look at your senior year transcripts and can use these final grades to determine your entry. If I could've put more efforts into my senior year I'm sure things would've hashed out a bit differently for me.
Looking back at my high school years, I wish I spent more time with my father more. I never really liked him as a person, so I didn't appreciate the few good things he did for me back then. He would bring my out to these social gatherings to make connections and often tried to teach me the violin. Unfortunately, he has dementia now and he can't remember who I am unless I remind him I'm his son.
Looking back during my high school years...
If I had an opportunity to go back and change anything I did in high school I would've put in a greater effort. In high school according to the numbers I was a "scholar", but it wasn't as if I was putting in hours of studying or preparation, especially senior year. That was the year in my opinion I made my greatest mistakes as far as academics are concerned. I was taking a calculus class and because I didn't need it to graduate I simply did not care, I wish I didn't have this mindset because the same concepts I was learning in that high school class I revisited in college calculus and had to play catch up.
Moreover, I wish I didn't wait until Senior year to get involved. Senior year I became Student Government President , was a chair on the National Honor Society and was apart of the yearbook committee. The fact that I did not take part in any other extracurricular activities prior to this made it difficult for me to balance them and keep my grades up. In essence, I just wished I seized all the opportunities I had in front of me. Now I just urge students to make the best out of their high school careers because once those years are gone, it's no rewinding the hands of time.
Looking back at my high school years, I would go back and change my freshmen year. Even though this may seem unlikely, but I was one of those students who skipped classes constantly during my freshmen year of high school and decided that my time was better spent staying home or hanging out. I would change this because skipping class took a huge toll on my GPA and forced me to play catch up during my sophomore, junior, and senior years. This regret really hit me, when no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t rank 3rd place in my graduating class and believe me I tried really hard.
However, I did graduate 4th in my class, but to me I sold myself short knowing that I deserved 3rd place and my lack of interest in school freshmen year was to blame. Besides destroying my GPA, my absence in school freshmen year did not help nurture the friendships that I could have gained. Surprisingly not, most valuable relationships are created during your freshmen year of high school and because I wasn’t around I couldn’t foster those relationships and had to feel like the new kid on the block during my sophomore year.
What I would have done differently now, would have been to take my freshmen year of high school seriously and take advantage of meeting new friends and actually enjoying my first year as a high school student. In my opinion high school was fun and missing out on my freshmen year shortened the amount of growth I could have attained both educationally and personally. I cannot take this mistake back, but I will admit that I learned a lot from this mistake. Overall, the effects of skipping class during my freshmen year of high school taught me some lifetime lessons. One of the lessons I learned is to value my education and the second lesson was derived from realizing that everything you do in life has an impact on your future and how the people around you pass judgment on yourself and your potential.
My final piece of advice, is to take your high school experience seriously. High school is one step closer to getting to college and becoming an adult. Misusing this opportunity to learn about yourself and who you want to be will delay your growth and your opportunity to be inspired. In addition, old habits die hard, so it would be best that you use high school as the stepping stone that will start shaping you into the person you want to be, instead of a period of regression that shapes you into a person you don’t recognize and into a person that is far away from reaching their dreams.
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