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Surviving sophomore year - tips and suggestions?

A lot of people have been telling me that sophomore year can be really tough. I'm curious if anyone has any tips or advice on how to manage stress & stay organized during this year. Also, how can I balance academics and extracurriculars better?

8 months ago

Absolutely, sophomore year can present its own unique challenges as you're no longer new to high school, yet it's a critical time to establish a strong academic foundation for college. One key tip is to keep a detailed planner or use a digital calendar to track all of your assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities. By visually organizing your time, you can avoid last-minute rushes and ensure you're prepared for important deadlines.

In terms of balancing academics and extracurriculars, try to prioritize your commitments based on what's most important to you and what will help you reach your long-term goals. If you've identified a potential college major or career path, choose extracurriculars that align with that interest. This doesn't mean you shouldn't have fun or pursue hobbies, but consider joining new activities or furthering your involvement with current activities that relate to your interest.

Don't forget to build in time for relaxation and self-care. It's essential to avoid burnout. Setting aside even small amounts of time for activities that help you unwind, such as reading, exercising, or spending time with friends, can make a significant difference in your overall well-being. And always remember, it's okay to ask for help if you're feeling overwhelmed. Reach out to teachers, family, or even me, your counselor. We're all here to support you!

8 months ago

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