School ended a month ago. And as much as we all hate to talk about school, these next five weeks of summer are going to fly by and we’ll all be back at Staples buying our school supplies and then raiding the J Crew sale rack to put together gorgeous ensembles to impress our classmates.
Currently, (I’m assuming) we’re all shoving our summer work deep into a desk drawer and avoiding it until the latest possible moment. I was staring at my Calculus packet and realized something: I never did a post on junior year! I can feel the impending doom of college applications so I know that if I don’t do this post right now, I probably won’t ever get to it. Junior year is not fun, but I think my reflections might help others.
There will be times where you want to stress eat. A lot of times. Trader Joes became such a happy place for me. Trail Mix, chocolate chip cookies, popcorn… I could list on and on. During midterms and finals, I would stock up on good snacks to push myself through the studying. I also had lots of cravings for frozen yogurt. And Baked by Melissa.
There will be times where you feel like nothing is going your way. I think this is pretty self explanatory. And it wouldn’t be junior year if it doesn’t happen to you – don’t let it consume you and move past it. I promise everything will work out. And if you need someone to vent to, feel free to e-mail me :)
Expect a day (or two! or three!) where you feel like your teachers are conspiring to make you stay up until 1 or 2am. I know that a lot of people can manage to stay up until 1 or 2am every night and be fine – so if that is you, then consider it to be 4 or 5am. I can pinpoint one specific time where I was drowning in work. I am on my school newspaper and during deadline, we stay after school until 9pm. That same night, all my teachers decided to give tons of assignments – one specifically was that the following day there was going to be a binder check in my history class. Binder checks seem like measly assignments but for this specific class, assignments were given months before and never had a due date – instead they were saved to finally be graded within the binder check. Therefore, I had to complete a ton of work and also organize! That same night, I had about 20 math problems, some english work, a few spanish assignments, and I’m sure I had some sort of physics notes to take.
Standardized Tests just suck (there really is not a better way to phrase that). In my opinion, no one should bank on being able to get a great score on the ACT or SAT on the first try (maybe, I’m a little bitter… but typically this is true!). If you don’t do well on the first try, then you will need to study again in hopes of boosting your score. Balancing school work and testing is not fun. I would spend most of my Sundays doing a ton of work instead of seeing friends or working on this blog (which was the worst!!). (+ There is AP testing if you take AP classes, and SAT Subject Tests if you feel you need those. It’s all sooooo much!)
Friends might let you down. It doesn’t matter if you are three years into high school, people are still changing and looking to find new friends. Senior year is supposed to be “the best” so obviously people will look to position themselves to have the best friend group they possibly can for their final year of high school. Obviously we all can outgrow some people, it just stinks when someone changes for the wrong reasons.
Everyone will ask you where you want to go to college. Not exaggerating, literally everyone. If you have plans on going to college and other people are aware, then chances are as soon as you hit junior year EVERYONE will ask you where you would like to go. I totally get that people are curious – I was too before I was the one who had to answer instead of asking the question. But as a junior, this question gets so annoying!! I have yet to completely fall in love with a school (as some people claim to have happened to them) which is a little discouraging.
Let me know what you think about junior year! And if you are going into your junior year and want some more advice, feel free to tweet or e-mail me!!