How to Survive High School: Advice to Underclassmen from Seniors

By Khrystyna Tsybulya

Your time in high school is flying by, and before you know it, senior year and college admissions will be upon you. As a freshman, it seems like you are stuck in your own Neverland of high school, where growing up is an alternate universe away. Because of that, current seniors have decided to lend their best advice about surviving high school.

“I know coming in it’s a completely new environment, but focusing on good grades is what really matters down the road,” said Jasmine Haber, who has gone to North Royalton all four years of high school. “It makes it that much more difficult to get into the college you like if your GPA is suffering.”

Earning good grades also means having the ability not to procrastinate.

“Procrastinating does not help you in any way, and it only makes it harder than it needs to be,” said Adam Race, who is planning on going to college and has always been interested in foreign affairs and politics.

Studying for a test the day before you have to take it or saving the homework that you think will not take long for study hall is not a good idea. There is a reason the teacher gives you the assignment two weeks in advance. Most likely, saving that project for the day before it is due is not something you want to do.

“You’re going to end up rushing through it, and you won’t make it as good as it could’ve been,” said David Kotovets, who attended NRHS for ninth and tenth grade, but took classes at Tri-C for eleventh and twelfth grade in the College Credit Plus program.

Use all of the resources you have and take classes that you will enjoy and succeed in. Make new friends, go outside of your comfort zone, and join all of the activities you can. Make use of the time you have.

“High school is full of so many opportunitie,s and I hate the fact that it isn’t stressed enough. Be yourself and have a bunch of fun. That old drama, it’s not worth it at all,” said Emma Davis, who plans on majoring in music therapy and education or journalism.

With all of these opportunities comes new responsibilities. It is important to remember that high school is not the same thing as middle school. In middle school, you could have gotten away with turning in your missing assignments the last day of the quarter for a sliver of credit, but in high school it does not work like that.

“You need to step up your game and find valuable time to do homework. Trying to turn in all of your assignments the last day of the quarter isn’t rational,” said Jake Janiak, who plans on going to Kent State.

Knowing that that is an important fact, do not be afraid to take rigorous classes and go outside of your comfort zone.

“If there’s one thing I regret from my high school experience, it’s not taking more honors and AP courses,” said Nichole Santangelo, who has been going to North Royalton City Schools since pre-k. “Don’t be afraid to get out there in high school because these four years will go by faster than you think they will.”

Studying and taking school seriously is an important factor, but have fun while you are at it. High school is an important part of your life, but you do not have to stress over that one bad grade you got on your chemistry test. You learned your lesson, so next time you will know to study harder.

“You need to care about school, but also realize that it is not your whole life. You’ll move on. Don’t worry about the bad moments,” said Mitch Jurcevic, who wants to attend college in Poland.

From this point, you can tell that high school is a big deciding factor for the rest of your life. It is an emotional roller coaster. Try to keep a positive outlook on things and do not stress the small stuff. Throughout high school you will meet new people and gain new friends. Know who your true friends are and hang out with people that are worth your time. Because if you can survive high school, you can survive mostly anything.