June 14th, 2013

So Long, Junior Year!

Finally, junior year has come to an end. As I reflect on this school year, I think about the various lessons I learned from my teachers, my advisors, and each of my noteworthy classes. This year was treacherous, but valuable; I discovered something new about myself regularly. As I return my textbooks, clean my locker, and say “Sayonara!” to my crazy classmates, I remind myself how I have grown academically and socially. Continue reading

June 14th, 2013

ACT Test Day!

The week leading up to the exam was just terrible, so on the day of the ACT, I did not feel as prepared as I had hoped to be. After it was over, I decided I would retake it (possibly after the summer). In each section, I was unable to finish the last column of the bubbles. When the teacher exclaimed, “You have 5 minutes remaining,” I randomly bubbled in the answers. I hated that I had to do that. I spent too much time on certain questions. Please don’t be like me! Pace yourself and check the clock often. There may have been numerous questions I would have felt assured in, but never had the chance to answer with real thought. Continue reading

May 6th, 2013

My ACT Testing Experience

“The ACT” … just saying this phrase sounds intimidating and can strike fear into the hearts of the most confident of students. In reality, it can be intimidating IF you overanalyze it. Obviously, everyone wants to get the best score they can when taking this test because it is one of the key factors in determining if they can get into the college they want. Doing well on the ACT can also help you earn scholarships, so it has to be taken seriously. I personally have taken the ACT twice, and I definitely took it much more seriously the second time. I worked to prepare the first time, but I went into the first test with no personal experience of what to expect. While I did OK, I knew I could do better. Continue reading

May 6th, 2013

Where to Look

As a junior with only one more year of high school left before I graduate, one of the most important things that I have to begin concentrating on is finding the college that’s right for me. However, with so many different options available, things can get pretty overwhelming. There are many factors that go into finding the right college, and managing them all is not an easy task. Continue reading

April 24th, 2013

Extra, Extra!

Like countless others my age, I become bored easily, and believe me, attending the same seven classes every day becomes boring. To alleviate some of this treacherous boredom, I chose to get involved with a few extracurricular activities—some that would enrich my life and the lives of others. I am a proud member of the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club, Game Changers—a newly founded mentoring program at Westlake—and Healthcare Occupations Students of America, better known as HOSA. These activities contain similarities, but they do not fail to improve me in different ways. Continue reading

April 18th, 2013

What to Consider When Looking at Colleges

At this point in time, you should be considering the colleges you might want to attend. Do tons of research regarding location, tuition, ACT/SAT score requirements, and financial aid. Also, be sure to check out universities’ websites, read student reviews, and watch online campus tours. Those will give you a much better idea if you are truly interested in a college. You should be well informed about everything so you can make the best decisions and cross out the ones that no longer seem to fit. Continue reading

April 3rd, 2013

Choosing the Right College

Hello everyone! I enjoyed writing my last blog with some tips for you to consider when taking the ACT, but now it’s time to focus on a different subject—choosing the right college. Choosing the right college may be the first or second toughest decision you will have to make during this process, equivalent to the decision of selecting your major. Both decisions have so many variables and options that it can be overwhelming at times. My choices and “wish list” are going to be completely different from anyone else’s because we are all unique. Continue reading

April 3rd, 2013

Spring Break

Spring break is here, and that brings two immediate things to mind for me. First off, I get to take a breather and relax for a while, which is great. I’ve been very busy as of late, and having some time to unwind is definitely appreciated. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I get an entire week off of school, but I’m still really excited. I don’t have many plans yet, but I’ll probably just get some tennis in and hang out with friends. I don’t think I’ll be doing much traveling over break, which is sort of nice because I get to sleep in more and just lounge about the house. The second thing that spring break means to me is the transition into the fourth quarter of the school year. Things are about to get pretty serious. Between keeping up with daily classwork, preparing for AP tests, college entrance exams, and semester finals, as well as balancing extracurricular activities, I’m going to be pretty busy for some time. Continue reading

April 3rd, 2013

You Win Some, You Lose Some

We’ve all heard the saying, “You win some, you lose some.” It’s the inescapable truth that reminds us that everyone will undoubtedly have disappointments thrown their way at some point in their lifetime. It is important to understand that although these happenings may be discouraging, there is a lot to learn from them. Continue reading

April 3rd, 2013

Getting Involved

Time for filling out college applications is coming very near. Each one of us wants to show off who we are and make ourselves seem great for the universities we are applying to. However, in order to do so, not only should you excel academically, but also participate in extracurricular activities. Showing that you were involved in sports, numerous clubs/teams, and volunteering shows that you’re well-rounded. It makes a great addition to your application and makes you seem more valuable. Being involved in extracurricular activities shows that you are capable of juggling multiple things at once. If you maintain good grades, it indicates you are responsible and have good time management. Continue reading