It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it!

A little second semester motivation . . .

Cate Palumbo

The second semester begins Tuesday, January 22nd. That means there are 90 days left in the school year, two more quarters, three more marking periods. You’re almost there! In that time we have mini-thon, spring break (maybe), and Prom. These long winter days will turn into shorter, sunnier days before anybody knows what happened to the time, and our seniors will be graduating.

The start of the new semester means new classes, and new opportunities to help your GPA. Take this as a clean slate, study your class units, and stay on top of your school work, as best as possible. A lot of stress is created from procrastination, so make it a new semester-resolution to avoid this at all costs. It’s never too late to learn how to take notes. This weekend, try and buy/find a notebook that you can use to keep organized and to properly retain information.

An important thing to remember is not to take high school SO seriously. Yes, it is important. But your mental health comes first. High school is four years, but you have yourself forever. It is better to take care of yourself. Think a class is too much for you? There is no shame in switching classes. High school is what you make it. Push yourself to do your best, but don’t overwork yourself. Its okay to take a step back, and it’s okay to ask for help or use your resources. In the real world, you will have all the tools you need. Spend your time learning how to use them.

The second semester can seem daunting to those with a core-course heavy schedule, but it can be managed. Set aside a certain amount of time everyday dedicated to studying and doing your homework. Every point counts! Finals are stressful, so the better you do in each marking period, the less stress is put on your finals. None of this is going to be easy. It will be lots of projects and late nights before tests and exams that make or break your grade. But there are a lot of opportunities to learn new things, about the world around you and about yourself. Put the work in to be your best.

It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.