Advice from your peers…
- Ask your counselor which high school classes you need to take to be ready for college. Get a list and take it with you if you change schools.
- Look at your peers, the ones who are probably going to go to college. Ask them what classes they are taking.
- Study. You need to quit worrying about everything else. If you are going to go to college, college is the only thing you should think about and don’t wait until the last minute.
- Work hard in high school. Take a deep breath and keep doing what you need to do.
- Don’t skip school and try to control your anger. Don’t let your anger get in the way of what you need to do.
- If you can, complete all four years of high school and learn the fundamentals and the basics. If you have a hard time going to school, try to enjoy going to it. Going to school could actually set you free.
- Make it fun. I have a planner that I carry everywhere with me. I have my picture painted on the front of it. I open it and write everything that I do on my daily agenda even if it doesn’t pertain to school. It is more like a journal and so it keeps me in contact with everything I have to do, like a best friend and that is because I don’t like talking to people. That is like my friend, the person who pushes me, my friend because I don’t like my planner to have glitches, empty spots, because it looks weak. So I keep my planner full of nice things to do.
- Learn how you study. You may not learn as fast as others so you may have to study more. Just learn your study habits and put that into you assignments.
- Read your assignments before class. Even if you don’t understand it, you can understand it more when they talk about it in class if you have read it in advance.
- Go to tutoring classes. Study more. Work hard.
- Sit in front of the class.
- If you think you are ready for harder classes, talk to your counselor and ask them to re‐evaluate your placement. Ask if you can take AP or dual enrollment classes.
- I will have to say cheer up. Be open to change because sometimes there are a lot of things that we don’t want to go through or are scared because it is something new. It is like “I don’t want to do that. I have never been to this part of life. But by being open to change and being able and willing to change yourself, that would be key to a lot of things as far as success goes. There are a lot of things I missed because I couldn’t change. It was like, why was I so stubborn to change?”
- Learn more about the things that you are interested in and what you want to major in. That can be a
motivation to do well in classes that are tough.
- Tell students that that “better grades means more money.” Everyone tells us that you have to go to school to better yourself but it is also important that students know that good grades will make it easier to get scholarships.
- Visit www.knowhow2go.org for more suggestions.