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TBH... Junior Year Is Tough

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The junior jumps for joy as she holds her class list in her hands. She made all the classes she wanted. Her face glows with jubilation. She hugs her family and her dog. She dances around the room and tells her friends who are worried and confused as to why she's happy. But she isn't just happy, she's ecstatic! She launches herself into the new semester refreshed and excited. However, the joy doesn't last for long. Her AP US History class starts late, putting her into panic and mayhem. She struggles to stay afloat in her first semester. Homework buries her. Essays assail her. And her grades!! Oh the horrors! The pain! How will she survive?!

Heehee... okay, okay... a little dramatic. Don't worry I didn't have bad grades but you get the picture. Junior year was tough. You're probably wondering... well, if junior year was so horrid then how did you, Abby, survive?

Well here's three things I learned my Junior Year:

1. Back up! - You need friend/family support! 

2. Don't let it hurt - Grades matter... yes. But don't let them rule you. You can only do what God gave you the ability to do. When you do your best, you did your best. There's no "do your perfect".

3. Plan It Wisely- School is important but so is your family life, your dreams, God, etc.

So starting with #1.... Support is important. From friends to teachers to parents, you need support. You need someone to tell you, you need a break. You need someone to help you look for answers. You need someone to work it out with. You need someone to talk it out with. You need support. As a Junior, I didn't really want support. I'd flown through my freshman and sophomore years. I was at the top of my class. Why do I need support? Well junior year is kind of a like a healthy slap in the face. Everything isn't going to be rainbow shiny and happy. So having support and being support for someone else is necessary.

"Don't let it hurt"... Bad grades hurt... especially when you've tried and tried and worked and worked and still nothing works. But when it comes down to it... high school or any school only lasts a fraction of your lifetime. It helps. It prepares you. It's not your entire life. It is your mission right now in life. Other people's mission is to build the next new smartphone, be the next leader, train the next generation, etc. Your mission... your mission in school is to do your best and to glorify God with your talent because you're the next generation.  

Now for #3... Homework and life is very hard to balance. I'd recommend just keep your priorities straight. As much as I wanted to write my fiction novel, I didn't have time this junior year. I couldn't make it a priority. Instead, my priority became getting my homework done on time because if I didn't, I'd be stressing out about it at 11pm at night. It's hard to stay balanced in high school. One thing I found is that you can always pray. Pray to God. He's there. He doesn't want you to worry or stress or nag yourself or beat yourself up. He wants you to come and sit down next to him... lean on him... he'll make your path through life "straight"(Proverbs 3:5-6) if you "trust in Him".

Even with these three tips, I don't live the perfect high schooler life. Who can? At least, I survived. Just doing that, I'm thankful, grateful, relieved,... and hopeful. High school is just the beginning... but with God... I know nothing is impossible.

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Abby is a high schooler and was the inspiration behind iLiveMath series.  She has been instrumental in the various themes for the iLive Series and continues to specify requirements and design for iPlanHomework, iPlanToWrite, QuizCloud, and PlanItWisely. She enjoys working as the computer savvy Product manager and loves creating and writing in different media.

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