Be Serious From Day One

High school is a great change in a young teen’s life. You have a whole new world of opportunities. I couldn’t wait to graduate eighth grade and to go to high school. I went to a small Catholic grade school that had fifteen people in my graduating class, including myself. Everyone knew everything about everyone. I was so excited to start high school and meet a whole new world of people.

Freshman year can be a scary thing. You meet so many new people who you don’t know and you just try to fit in and find a friend group with people who are similar to you and just want to have a fun time and make some awesome memories. However, don’t make the mistake that I did. I was too concerned with having fun and hanging out with friends that I let my grades slip horribly. I would stay out really late on school nights and not even worry about my homework. I can tell you now, it’s a bad idea. There’s always a time for fun and there’s a time to be serious.

I didn’t start to realize that I needed to take my school work more seriously until my Junior year of high school when I had a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. I had started looking at colleges and saw that most of the schools had scholarship opportunities for students who had a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. I thought it was time to get serious, because college is expensive and I needed all the help that I could get.

My Junior and Senior year I decided it was time to break down and be serious about my grades. I did very well both my Junior and Senior years. I had a 3.6 grade point average both semesters of my Junior year and a 3.5 grade point average both semesters of my Senior year. Sadly, this only brought my overall grade point average to a 3.0. I thought for sure that it would be higher than that.

My advice is to be serious from the start. Your grades are one of the most important things in high school, and once they fall, they’re extremely hard to bring up. You have to find a happy medium between making time for studying and socializing.