Editors’ Guide: Tips and Tricks of High School

Were any tips or tricks from the editors helpful?


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As a senior at Wayne Valley High School, I have learned a lot over the years. I have accumulated a list of things that I would do differently if I had the chance or things that have helped me. 

  • First, I would join lots of extracurriculars. Three to four is the perfect number.
  • Try for leadership positions in those clubs. I was the president of Peer Leaders and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, which certainly helped me with my college applications.
  • Take AP and honors classes that you think you would enjoy. They are so helpful.
  • Do not overwork yourself, you will burn out.
  • In the end, most people will pick a college that is beneficial financially. You have to think about the future. If a certain college is better for you but drastically more expensive than the others, do not go. Also consider if you are going for any graduate programs, masters, med school, law school, etc. You do not want to break the bank on the first school.
  • Community College is a good option despite the stigmas against it.
  • Your college essay is the most important thing, if you have a decent GPA and solid extracurriculars your college essay will boost you.
  • GPA is not everything.
  • You want to market yourself for college applications.
  • Enjoy the present, time flies by too quickly.
  • Do not waste your time on being friends with people who you don’t like.
  • Start looking at colleges now!
  • Here are some factors to consider when picking a college…
    • Finances
    • Scholarships
    • Good post-grad opportunities
    • Does it have a good program for what you want to major in?
    • Does it have lots of resources for your major?
    • Nice campus
  • In the end, everything will work out.