This time of year my students start to get anxious about their future. They are nervous that what they are doing might not be enough to get into the colleges they want or give them the life of their dreams.
It is good for you to be thinking about your future. My advice to you is that the best way to feel better about your future, is to invest more into your present.
I’d like to offer some advice to high school students looking to get the most out of their time in high school so that they can get the most out of high school, college, and the rest of their life.
1. Make every day count — When you wake up in the morning, be grateful for the day. Do everything that day like it is important, because it is.
2. Do what you want to do right now — Many students have this idea that they have to wait until college to do something they care about, or maybe they have to wait until after they graduate from college. You could be doing what you love right now, so why not do it? For instance, if you want to become a writer and you are 14 years old, or 17, or whatever, start writing now. Write like crazy. Write everywhere, for anyone, at any time, on any topic. You will get better. Now take the word “writer” and change the it to whatever you want to do. Unless of course you want to be a writer, then it is written right there for you. ☺
3. Connect with classmates and teachers who you respect and appreciate and who respect and appreciate you — There is nothing more energizing than awesome people who believe in you and want to help you. Seek these people out and spend your time with them.
4. Get involved in clubs, sports, and everything your school has to offer — Trying different activities will help you learn what you enjoy doing, which will make you happier. A fantastic side benefit to this is that you’ll meet interesting and awesome new people. This will help you with #3.
5. Ignore the haters (these people are the opposite of the people in #3) — There will be people who don’t get you. They might try to bring you down. Ignore them as much as possible.
6. Read books. Books that you like. Seriously. — If you want to learn new things, be smarter, and have something to talk to other people about, read books. This will help you on your SATs and in school. More importantly, it will help you for the rest of your life.
There’s much more of course, but start with these. Let me know if they help you. ☺