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High school is a new, and eventually, stressful experience for everyone.
What many tend to put off during the early years of high school is that next big step...College; which shapes your future, what you will do and what you can do. Honestly, I can say my path to college has been a bumpy one; laughing but very serious. From not even caring about it to putting it off before becoming serious about it, college has now become the main focus in my life; and will be for most high school seniors.
When you’re a freshman and sophomore, you’re concerned about making friends, finding where you fit in and having as much fun as you can. That’s definitely how my experience went, I only wish I could go back in time to change myself for the better. Knowing what I know now, I would’ve become my own person sooner.
Life is a pathway to the end, during high school and college you take on another path to try to do as much as you can before that “end” comes. What a lot of people (including myself) tend to forget is that colleges look at all four years of your high school career. But by the time you figure high school life out, you’re already a junior and probably slacked off your freshman year. Sophomore year only gets harder. The four year path to college has its ups and downs but in the end, it should bring out the type of person you are and want to be. After freshman and sophomore year comes the two most important years of your early life. The year you mature, take responsibility, focus on your goals and become an adult.
Junior year brings experience, a new outlook, awareness and a “new you.” You have found out who you are and now you are starting to focus on the future. For me, College started becoming clear throughout junior year. I started getting interested in what field I possibly wanted to go into for my degree but I still wasn’t as serious as I should have been; and that hurt me in the long run. As I started maturing more and really finding myself; college still wasn’t too much on my mind but I improved my grades which was something I wanted to do every year of high school.
Now comes senior year and everything about my future started piling up in my head…What do I want to do, where do I want to go for college, what about the cost, the ACT? … I couldn’t let all of that affect me though, I still needed to focus on finishing my senior year.
So I took every day, day-by-day to make sure I didn’t put so much stress on myself. I took my ACT’s early, visited all the colleges I was interested in and the summer before senior year, applied early to colleges and universities. I took the time to look for scholarships and fill them out, do everything early so that your senior year won’t more busy than it already will be. With all this in mind, you may not choose your college until the end of your first semester or even the second semester of high school but make sure you take care of everything else: ACT, high school transcripts, applying for scholarships, etc. Scholarships will help you throughout college.
Freshman year and sophomore year, you usually want to have fun, see where you fit in, and get comfortable with high school; junior year you mature and take responsibility, and senior year you focus on your goals and becoming an adult. Take each day, day-by-day and make sure you are making time for everything that is important and will become important. It’s never too early to start worrying about college and I advise you to start thinking about it during your freshman year of high school. Find your path to college and get on it early.
You can do it!
Caleb Camp is a senior at CBC High School in St. Louis. He has been accepted to Western Illinois University where he will pursue a degree in Broadcasting.