March 13th, 2013

ACT Prepping

Hello again! I hope you guys enjoyed my previous thoughts and comments as much as I enjoyed writing them for you in my last blog . . ., but now it’s time to get down to business and talk a little about ACT prep. Currently, I am planning on taking the ACT on April 13. In preparation for this test, I decided to take an ACT prep class that is offered at my school. This class has helped me prepare for the ACT in ways that I could never imagine. This class is nine weeks long and it has taught me so much about the ACT in such a short amount of time. I understand that some people who have taken this prep class have seen their ACT scores shoot up 2 to 3 points!  Continue reading

March 13th, 2013

Prioritize and Organize

Hi guys! Boy, have I been keeping myself busy. On March 1st, the Wa-Hi Wind Ensemble took a trip to the annual Central Washington University Wind Festival, and we have another trip coming up soon as well. Tennis also began recently, and it’s great being able to get out and practice again. I’m having a blast, and I’m sure we’ll have another awesome team this year. However, between band, tennis, studying for classes, and other assorted activities, I’ve been having some pretty packed days. Sometimes it’s hard keeping up with all of my schoolwork, with both long- and short-term assignments piling up. However, with a few easy steps, I’ve mostly fixed my issues with organization, balancing my workload between extracurricular activities and academics. Continue reading

March 13th, 2013

Start Your Engines…

The road to college is indeed a long one and it may seem like an impossible journey, but this, I say, is simply not true. Outside factors like budget cuts and tuition increases, or inner conflicts such as the fear of failure, all present themselves as road blocks—obstacles that could prevent you from achieving your goals—but with a dependable vehicle, some of these obstacles can be overcome. Starting up your “college cab” requires a nice set of tires, a tank full of gas, and a clear map to guide you through it all. Continue reading

March 13th, 2013

Preparing for the ACT

Hi everyone,

I’m a horrible test taker—just getting it out there. All that pressure from a time limit really gets to me. When I’m rushed, I don’t perform as well I want to. I’m quite positive most of you feel the same way. Or you could be one of the lucky ones who do better under pressure. Oh, how I envy you folks! Continue reading

February 28th, 2013

Intro Blog

Hello! I hope you all are having a wonderful day. My name is Alex Donahue and I am currently a junior at Hillcrest High School in Alabama. I enjoy writing, and I believe this blog will help me to make better decisions for the beginning of college and the end of high school for me and maybe for you. My purpose for this blog will be to write about my personal high school experiences and about planning for college. Continue reading

February 25th, 2013

Introducing Erik

Hey, I’m Erik Dohe, a junior at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington, and yes, that is the name of the town. “The city so nice they named it twice.” It’s always a struggle trying to convince people who don’t live nearby that this town actually exists, but that’s beside the point. For the rest of the year, I’ll be blogging about my experiences with high school life as well as the processes of applying for colleges and taking the ACT exam in April. It’s going to be a long and interesting road. But first, here’s a little bit about myself. Continue reading

February 20th, 2013


Greetings, one and all! My name is Allison Williams and I am the newest member of the ACT student blogging team. I am currently a junior at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia and like many of you, I am preparing myself for my post-secondary education. For me, the importance of education is best noted in this quote by Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to our future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” So, I trudge to my school day after day; gazing at the senior portraits that are posted along the halls and seeing the senior class celebrate their achievements. But these achievements do not happen overnight, so I am here to take you through my journey. Continue reading

February 20th, 2013

Introducing Jessica

Hello everyone,

My name is Jessica and I’m from Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.  What I will be doing is sharing my thoughts and experiences with you of my preparation and transition into college. Hopefully, I will be of great help by offering you some useful advice and just know that you are not alone! Continue reading

January 9th, 2013

To Infinity and Beyond

I have grown much since I first started this blog. My junior year was a time when I needed to kick things into high gear, and so I joined many clubs, tried my skill in a few sports, and tackled many AP classes. In addition to these, I undertook the task of writing this blog, for I wanted to share my experiences and even some challenges I faced along the way. It has been quite a journey and I am glad to have shared it with you. However, I must now write this one final blog—a bittersweet moment. Continue reading

January 9th, 2013

Follow Your Dreams

Hello my dearest readers!

This is where our journey comes to a close. As you read this, know that this is my final writing for the ACT Student Blog. I have traveled a long way with all of my lovely and intelligent readers and had such an unforgettable experience writing for ACT. I have gained so much knowledge from this experience. I learned in depth so much more about the high school to college transition through this writing experience so I could pass on the information to you. While finding out more information to help my loyal readers, I found information that helped me too: the importance of preparing for finals, how to apply to colleges, and how to pick out your high school classes wisely. Continue reading