The New Year is a great time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make. If you’re a student looking at ways to improve yourself, here are s a few more resolutions you might want to add to your list.
1. Stop procrastinating. How often have you underestimated how much time it will take to get something done? Then, how sad are you when you don’t have the time to do your best. If you finish a project earlier than you thought you would, then consider yourself ahead.
2. Commit yourself to getting good grades. Good grades are entirely necessary to get into a good school. They will serve you to get into a college where you will have more freedom.
3. Don’t do it all. It’s better to concentrate on a few things and excel in them than if you join every sport, activity and club that you can cram into your schedule.
4. Keep a calendar. Deadlines creep up quickly. And the closer the date, the more you’ll feel the pressure. If you miss a deadline, you miss an opportunity.
5. Take standardized tests early. You won’t know how high you can score until you take the test. Wait too long and you won’t have enough time to retake it. Taking the test early will also allow time to take a test prep course if necessary.
6. Do your research. Know what the choices are when it comes to schools. This way you can avoid any regrets later in life. Research could be as simple as visiting a school’s website.
7. Try something new. Secondary school is a great time to spread your wings. It’s about new experiences and self-discovery. Want a certain internship, there’s no harm in calling up and asking if they have any room for an eager student to work there. Want to try a new sport or activity, go ahead and try it. You’ll never know what you like – or how good you are at something – until you try something.
8. Be excited about going to college. Wherever you go to college, you’re going to meet new people, learn new things, and have a great time. That’s reason enough to be excited.
9. Consider the advise of your school counselor. Students: Counselors are there to get you what you want out of life.
10. Banish the self-doubt. Doubting your own abilities only holds you back from achieving what you want to achieve.
(Adapted from International College Counselors)