I am starting to realize how important this school year will be for me. I am a junior at Rancho Verde high school, and I know I have to make it count if I want to go to a good college. This is making me excited, but also nervous.
I decided to make this year special by taking my second honors course – and I actually plan on keeping this course on my schedule. I am excited about having all my friends in this class because we can support and help each other along our journey. Knowing that I am not going through this challenging course alone makes me feel a little more ready for the class. I really want to do well in this course so I can show colleges that I can handle rigorous courses. In the back of my head, I am feeling a bit scared because I know the course will not come easily and I will have to work 10 times harder than usual.
I also am really trying to push myself to maintain a 4.0 GPA. If I do well in the honors course and receive an A, I could boost my overall GPA to 4.1, which could not hurt one bit. Receiving a 4.1 GPA is one of my major goals I have for myself this year, but I also have a few goals for outside the curriculum.
Lots to do besides study
I am involved in many extracurricular activities, one of which is volleyball. This year I am hoping to get scouted by a university. If I could possibly go to college and play volleyball, I would be the happiest girl in the world. I am also joining a club called Link Crew. I will be helping underclassmen adjust to high school and stay on the right track. This will allow me to showcase my leadership skills while helping students in need.
On top of all of these tasks, I am also going to be volunteering at Kaiser Hospital as a candy striper, or an assistant nurse. From this experience, I am hoping to gain knowledge about the nursing field that will help me in the future. I have learned that colleges like students who have had experience in the fields they are going to major in, so I hope this will give me an upper hand as I start applying to colleges.
As I get closer and closer to getting to college, I get very excited! I will finally be able to prove to my parents and myself that I am capable of surviving on my own. I will also have a lot of freedom, which will teach me how to be a responsible adult.
I have all these wonderful plans for college, but I know I have to get there first. The road to college is going to be stressful; I know this year I will have to eliminate the distractions in my life. I love hanging out with friends before school and at lunch, but I know I will have to use my time wisely.
Strategies for staying on track
I plan on going to the library on a daily basis so I can stay ahead of the crowd. I also plan on meeting with teachers when I need help instead of struggling on my own. But as they say, things are easier said than done. I really do not want to procrastinate this year, but it is so easy to blow things off.
Although it will be easier to just hang out with my friends and have fun, I know that these habits of going to the library and putting in extra hours studying will help me adjust more easily to my academic needs in college.
Rancho Verde High School, Moreno Valley, California
Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif.