I have grown so much since my very first post. It’s honestly hard to believe that I started this blog a year ago; it doesn’t feel that long at all. This blog opened my eyes to the fact that people do actually care about what I have to say, and that’s the best feeling! With that being said, I have gotten so accustomed to writing this blog and it feels weird knowing that this is my last one.
When I started working on this blog last year, things were real hectic as far as schoolwork. For me, it seemed like junior year had the heaviest workload. It probably seems like that for most high school students. Junior year was the time when I really had to focus—not that I didn’t before then, but it was really the last chance I had to work for the grades I wanted. And with all of that going on, I also had track practices every day!
At the same time, I added this blog to my workload. Not a huge commitment, but it was still more added work. Juggling all of these things helped me tremendously with time management. I needed to keep a strict schedule. If I hadn’t, I would’ve been way behind in school, as well as with other commitments.
As far as schools go, I still haven’t made up my mind completely where I want to go. Making decisions that can change your life forever are hard, so I am taking time to think. It might even take me until track season to make my decision. Some schools wait until crunch time to make big offers. My plan is not to wait until crunch time, but you never know.
Finals are just around the corner and it’s time for me to begin a strict studying schedule. It’s my last “first” semester in my high school career, so I want to finish off strong. I usually stay up pretty late doing work, but now I have to make sure that I go to bed at a reasonable time so my brain and body will both be fresh. I’m feeling really good about how I’ll do, so hopefully my feeling will turn into reality! Well, I have to go study now, so I wish the best to all for a happy new year.
I know it’s senior year and we’re all ready to move on and start new things, but we have to keep pushing and finish off the year strong. My mom always tells me it makes no sense for me to suddenly let up academically just because the year is almost over. So, I am going to continue to keep pushing myself until that final bell. Then I’ll take a break and start again in college.
During this short Thanksgiving break I have to make sure that I stay in good shape for track. These last few weeks of conditioning have been killers and I need to stay in shape, especially with all the food I’ll be eating. I’ve got to take time out to run by myself. I can’t afford to go through the phase of getting in shape again, because the season is just around the corner. Even though I do not enjoy the conditioning aspect, it always pays off in the end.
I am beyond anxious to know if I got into the schools I applied to or not! I’m just so eager to know where I will start my new life. It’s more of an excited anxiety than a nervous one, because I am pretty confident that I will be accepted. Hopefully I’ll find out soon though so I can just relax.
These first couple track practices have been so intense! Because I haven’t run in so long, it’s all a huge shock to my body. When I finally get in shape, the workouts we do probably won’t faze my body at all. But for now, I am so sore. Getting in shape is the worst because that is when you’re pushing your body the most, but you have to get it done, and that is exactly what I’m doing: getting it done.
I got all of my applications in before the deadlines. Yet every time I would check my college profiles, I’d get an alert that the only things missing were my recommendation letters—and that was the day before the deadlines! I was getting so nervous because I didn’t know the consequences for sending my letters in late. Luckily, both my teachers got the recommendations in on time so I had nothing to worry about.
I applied early to a couple of schools and the wait is driving me crazy. I just want to know if I got in or not so I can finally relax. It would be great to get into both schools so I can have options to choose from. And then when I apply to others colleges, I won’t have to worry all that much because I’d already have a spot somewhere else.
Last week I begin track conditioning. As a team, we have never started practicing this early, but I guess it makes sense—so we can all be in the best shape possible when the season starts in February. I haven’t run since summer, so the first couple of days will probably hurt really bad. Even though the weather is cooling down, I still have to make sure that I drink enough water so I don’t cramp up; nothing is worse than cramping up in the cold!
I am applying early to the majority of the schools I want to attend in hopes that I get in before the crowd. This whole application thing really is stressful, so my hope is to get accepted early and relax. I can then watch the rest of my fellow classmates stress out over the normal deadlines. I can’t wait until I have that relief!
I will be taking the ACT for the second time in hopes of increasing my overall score and having something better to submit to colleges. You only get one first impression, so I have to make sure that I look good the first time. I continue to take the tough classes at my school. In preparation for the test, I have been taking the practice test on the ACT website to help me become familiar with the test format and with the flow of answering questions, because I am usually a slow test taker.