I, too, was once a carefree, life loving, youthfully exuberant junior. I went through my eleventh grade year with little consideration for my future. I was carefree! The world was my ever giving oyster. Bad news past me, time to grow up.
I always figured that I had more time to discover what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. The value in thinking about how to best prepare myself to be successful when college applications began hadn’t passed but the back of my mind. College was months away! That was a problem for future me. I was content to push everything off until later. I had a whole year before I needed to think about college, right? Wrong.
And thus, my senior year has started, and thus, the position I put myself in sucks. If only I had been more proactive my junior year. Now, I am scrambling to write college essays nightly, cramming to improve my ACT and SAT scores, and weeding through the seemingly infinite amount of college options as if it were the Amazon and I have a butter knife. Not to mention the business of an active and time consuming high school life.
I know that being a junior is hard. There is a lot of work to be done and the last thing that you want to do is think about your future. It’s scary. But trust me, it’s worth it. Study a bit for your tests here and there. Write a paragraph to an essay every now and then. Take this advice from a senior feeling the pain; do the harder stuff now. Make it so that you have the time to have Senior-itis. Tough it out one more year.
Written by Jules Peterson