In the wise words of Ferris Bueller, “[Faking sick] is a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.”
I get it, having to ask to go to the restroom during class when you’re 18 years old and about to head off to a university is dumb, and doesn’t make sense. We all can drive, we have jobs, and some of our parents even trust us enough to travel to foreign countries by ourselves. It can be easy to think that high school is just some terrible punishment that we’re forced to go to five days out of the week, but for any student who has dreams of attending a competitive university once they graduate, I advise you to care. A lot.
I definitely do not believe that going to college is the only path you can take to be successful, but I do think that many freshmen and sophomores who intend on going to college underestimate the amount of work it’s going to take. As a rising senior, I can say that this experience has gone by so fast. As a freshman, I thought that senior year was eons away. Now that I’m deep in the college search, I realize that I should have cared more freshman year. Don’t get me wrong, I did incredibly well as a freshman who was involved in so many extracurricular activities, but there is a part of me that wishes I would’ve put in a little more effort.
Freshman year is as easy as it gets, and it makes me concerned to hear that some freshman are failing their regular classes with a 12. I want to tell underclassmen that applying to college as a senior is SO much less stressful if you start putting in effort day one. Don’t skip out on social events, but if you know you need to study for a test, STAY HOME AND STUDY. If you’re struggling with a class, ask for help, it’s a lot simpler than you think.
Personally, I really think the fact that colleges look at class rank and test scores to determine admission is kind of outdated and unfair. Everyone learns differently and everyone has different skills, but until the day that universities realize this, it is imminent that you take high school seriously.
Written by Rylee Matousek