YOUNG VOICES: Balancing life can be difficult, but necessary

2014-04-14T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Balancing life can be difficult, but necessaryBy Saira Nelson
April 14, 2014 12:00 am  • 

High school is stressful enough without the worry of choosing the right college as well as what major you are interested in.

As you enter high school you begin to set up your life one class at a time. You take a personality quiz that helps you determine what you what to be as you grow older, what major you want, and a list of colleges.

As sophomores, you prepare for PSATs and the preparation of junior and senior year. During those couple of years you will have the option to take PSATs your junior/senior year, as prep for SATs.

Once your PSAT scores are submitted to the College Board, as a sophomore, you will receive emails from colleges interested in you and your scores. You have an opportunity to have brochures mailed to you about the colleges, as well as how to impress colleges when working on your applications.

Colleges that are really interested in you email you a lot more than you would first expect. They will keep emailing you until you say you want their brochures. Feel blessed that colleges care enough to stay in touch so frequently.

They send you updates as to what events are happening on campus, such as campus visit days. They want you to check out campus and hope that you like their college. They encourage you to look around, and they send amazing tips on how to be successful when doing applications, choosing colleges, majors and so much more. They reveal the most important tips to impress colleges you want to go to.

Aside from colleges, you are wondering how can you do all this and still have time for homework and a social life.

As a sophomore myself, I struggle to do this. There are a lot of late nights when you just have to finish an assignment or study for a test. One might not get enough sleep, tired in school, and now one has to deal with college stuff.

Take advantage of student resource time if one is provided for you. Get as much homework done in school as you can. That way if you have questions you can ask your teacher for help.

Get your teachers' email addresses in case you need after-school help. Ask friends to help you study, go to a library, or ask a family member.

Try getting at least eight hours of sleep each night so you are not tired during school, and eat breakfast so you have energy.

By making a schedule, you may be able to concentrate on schoolwork easier, as well as handle college preparations.

Another issue might be having a job. Juggling school, homework, college preps and a job can be very hard. Make sure to set priorities and know what is important. If a job more important for the time being, then work a while and save up money for college and then start working toward college, if that is your plan.

Balancing a high school student’s life can be hard, but by setting priorities, studying, asking for help and getting enough sleep, you can make it much more bearable.

Saira Nelson, of Porter, is a sophomore at Chesterton High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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