For conscientious, motivated students with high aspirations for themselves, stress can easily build as they try to manage their school year obligations- from academic, to athletic, to extracurricular. Those obligations are important, especially in relation to thinking about college placement. Now that the school year has begun, it is essential to find the right balance of enjoying their high school experience and meeting those goals and obligations. These tips will help your student have a successful school year.
1. Get involved
Find the groups and activities that tap into your genuine interests and passions. Pick 2-3 quality involvements versus the laundry list of activities to dabble in. By choosing to spend your time with people having similar interests you will have both social time and a chance to build your resume.
2. Get organized
It’s important to set yourself up for success at the beginning of the school year, and at the start of every quarter. Take time to reflect on organization methods that have worked for you in the past. Then choose a system and commit to it. Remember that being organized takes effort; more for some than for others. Be honest with yourself and if necessary, identify someone to hold you accountable. Even the most organized people will tell you that it takes time to develop a system that works!
3. Ask for support
In addition to your parents, the adults at HT care about you and want to see you succeed. Sometimes the most difficult part is admitting/acknowledging that you need help with something. A trusted adult or peer will know that from experience. Here are some things you can do to obtain support:
• Attend Peer Mentoring on Tuesdays after school in the Tiger Café
• Take advantage of your teachers’ office hours and after school review sessions.
• Reach out to your academic advisor or Mrs. Ramos, the School Counselor, for support
• Don’t forget the Rev. Joy as a good sounding board (and she has jelly beans!)
5. Breathing Room
Take time out- eat dinner with your family, pray, meditate, listen to music, spend time with friends, enjoy chapel time as a chance to take a breath and reflect. Allowing some space in your life will recharge your batteries and will give you energy to take on the busy days of school.
6. Smile! Attitude is Everything
Whether it’s an important first impression or the way you act when you are stressed or frustrated, your attitude is a choice. Perhaps the most important choice you make every day!
7. Character under Construction
Making the right decisions, even when you are tempted to do otherwise, will consistently result in less stress. Not to mention fewer visits to Mr. Mancini or Mr. Biggs. It really is as simple as doing the right thing!
8. Make a New Friend
Some of you have been at HT for years and some just a few days. Connecting with new people is a great way to reenergize yourself. Take the initiative to branch out! It will help relieve your own stress, and ease your new friend’s stress, as well.
9. Get Real
Be true to yourself. This is true on every level, from the social to the ethical to the ‘resume’ level. Students often think that it is important to appear a certain way to colleges. However, when you let your authentic self shine through, the image you project will be much more powerful. This is not just about getting into college, it is a key life skill to successfully navigating the world.
Realize that being part of a community and team is a positive thing. Have patience with one another. We are all in a similar boat and the more we can do to reach out to one another, the better experience we will all have.
— Reverend Joy, HTEA Chaplain; Kari Ramos, HTEA Director of Counseling; Alison Bell, HTEA Director of College Counseling
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