It is that time of year again; school is back in session!
I know this is not something most teenagers are particularly excited about, but this is not just any other school year. This is my junior year!
When I was in grade school, I never thought I would actually make it to high school. Back then it seemed so far away, like it was never going to come. But now I am in my third year of high school, and I am not sure whether I should be happy about it or sad.
Becoming an upperclassman means a lot more responsibility. Not only because you are almost an adult now, but because you are supposed to be a role model. Not only do you have the pressures of harder school work and activities, you have the pressure of living up to high expectations. You are no longer a naive little freshman. You are no longer able to forget assignments, goof off in class, or be lazy with your work. You now have to fend for yourself, no more having your teachers guide you through every obstacle. You have to strive to be close to perfection or else you feel like you have failed; not only yourself, but your teachers as well.
People always tell you how hard it is going to get, but you never truly understand until it hits you. Having to stay on top of work from three AP classes, Pre-Calculus, and any other club or elective you are taking on. And not only that, but having to do it all after a long two hour practice. Then some students have a long band practice even after that! It does not seem like it would be hard when you first hear it, but after a while it wears on you; not only mentally but physically as well.
Managing your time becomes very important when you are an upperclassman. If you do not manage it well, you will begin to fall behind on assignments (trust me, I know.) Just because you play a sport, are in band, or have many AP classes, does not mean you can use that as an excuse to get out of doing your work. It is your responsibility to manage your time so you get the most out of your day, which is a lot harder than it sounds.
If you are an underclassman, it is best to start preparing now. Do not fall into any bad habits this year, because they will become more difficult to break later in high school.