By Bethany Stewart
It's something all high schoolers have heard at one time in their life: Junior year is the hardest year of high school. For some this may be true, for some maybe not, but either way there are tactics to get through it and be successful. Current Junior, Ryan Davis, commented, "The work load mixed with college stress makes the year difficult. Make sure you manage time well and do all your work, but also you should have fun and do not overwork yourself.” Enjoying your time at Glenelg is really important and a good way to explore activities and classes that interest you. Junior year may seem scary, but it is year for maturing through many new experiences, like prom and driving. Prom is a night that many high school students look forward to, and Junior year, they get to experience it. Driving to school is super exciting and grants a lot of freedom for after school activities.
Students may feel stressed throughout the year due to an increase in difficulty of courses and work load, but all this can be managed. Planning out the whole week and actually using an agenda book can help to ensure that you stay on top of all work and do not forget long term tasks. Staying organized and ensuring you complete all work really does reflect in grades. Junior Morgan Adams says "Make sure you do all homework, it can help your grade and shows commitment to getting a good grade. Adams also urges students to keep college recommendations in mind. Teachers write letters about the student's strengths, successes, worth ethic, and attitude in their class, not about how the student slacked off and didn't take their work seriously. If you struggle in a class or just a certain topic about it, make asure to ask questions and go visit teachers after school as well. Free student tutors are also provided through the National Honor Society so take advantage of that opportunity. During Junior year, college becomes a big topic, try not to get overwhelmed with making decisions and finding colleges that interest you. There are so many options to explore, and you may decide college isn't for you. Either way, the whole school is supportive and helps you figure out your plan for the future. At times during your Junior year, it may be hard to stay motivated because it seems like high school is almost over, but it is crucial year, so stay motivated and reward yourself for any accomplishments!