In our world of education today, high school is no longer the finishing point Ė itís the pathway to your future. It sounds a bit cheesy, I know, but more and more Iím realizing that the choices and decisions you make in high school can affect your future in some big ways.
I canít tell you how many friends I have who wish they hadnít messed up their freshman year as they are now sporting GPAs that wonít earn them a place in the colleges or universities they had hoped to attend. This just goes to show that to make the most of high school today, you have to know what you are doing almost before you get there. Among the many lessons Iíve learned about high school and your future, here are a few of the most important.
Every Class Matters
In high school, your grades from every single class combine into your final GPA. Unless youíre planning on a career that isnít particularly mind-blowing, youíll want a decent GPA so that you have choices about your future. What you think you want as a freshman in high school can be very different from how you feel looking out into adulthood as a senior. Plan ahead by working hard in every class you take.
Colleges like LeadersIf youíre destined for college, you need to show that in more ways than just your GPA. Colleges like leaders in school, church and the community. They like students who are willing to invest time in outside interests and who are dedicated to various interests and groups. You donít have to be the president of student council to be considered a leader Ė you can be part of your youth group or lead a small team in some community service. The more leadership opportunities you create for yourself, the most colleges will like you and your application.
High School Has More Than the Basics
If youíre not interested in a full college degree after graduation Ė and a large number of students arenít in truth, you have a ton of other options in most high schools that will help you get well ahead of others who donít take the opportunities available. Many high schools have classes in certain skills such as welding, electricity, cosmetology, computers and other skills that can lead to well-paid careers just out of high school.
If you know youíll be interested in a program such as this, ask immediately about the best way to get in the program. You might have certain classes or electives to take as a freshman or sophomore to get the most education possible without paying a dime before you graduate. If you wait to take the classes at a junior college, youíll be paying quite a bit more.
High School Is Not the World
It can be very hard to remember at times, but high school is not your whole life and there is a great deal of living to do once you leave high school. Work hard so that you can move forward into bigger and better things once you graduate, and donít get dragged down into the drama and parties that seem to trap some in their high school mentalities forever. For you, high school is an opportunity Ė not a lifetime.