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As I am going into my senior year, I have 3 years of high school experience under my belt and I would like to share some of the things I have learned over the years to help you get through high school just a little bit easier. 

Procrastination: It is something that everyone, including myself does. I’m not going to come out here and say that you can’t procrastinate or else you’re going to fail because that’s not the case. In my opinion, procrastination is a natural thing that happens to everyone. I’ve procrastinated almost every assignment through my high school career and I’m going to graduate as a valedictorian. (This is not me recommending procrastinating on every assignment I’m just lazy.) The trick to procrastinating while still getting work done is to not let it pile up. I think I work better and also faster while under the pressure of a deadline. However, by letting work pile up on each other so you have to stress about multiple different deadlines at the same time, that is when procrastination and this whole idea of it backfires. Procrastination is a natural thing that happens and it is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it can become a bad thing if you let it pile up too much.

Sports: I recommend everyone in high school to at least try to play a sport or two. Playing sports is something that has given me some of my favorite moments of my life and some of the greatest memories I will ever make. They also allow you to make lifelong friends who will stick with you through the rough moments of your life. There is the argument that sports take up way too much time and make it much harder to keep up with your grades. However, I think that while sports do take up time, they teach you the skills to handle multiple problems at the same time and allow you to learn much quicker and easier. The reason for this is that in many sports, you have to learn on the fly and quickly, or else you risk failure. These skills you learn in sports can directly translate to the school system and the work that you need to do for your classes. 

Grades: I’ve personally taken grades seriously my whole life. However, this is not the way I would recommend it for everyone. I think the goal should be to at least maintain or exceed a 3.0 GPA throughout high school. This is a very achievable goal as long as you do the work that has been assigned, go to class, and study for your tests at least a little bit. By doing those three things, it would be pretty difficult to fail any class. This does not mean you shouldn’t challenge yourself though. If you can easily get a B average without trying very hard, push yourself to try to get a 4.0 or even better. By pushing yourself, the person you are helping the most is yourself, as it can lead to scholarships and financial aid when it comes to college and applications for jobs. 

As I’m going into my senior year, there are not many things I would change about my course to where I’ve gotten. This is why I want to share some of the things that I believe would maybe help others who are struggling to find themselves during their high school years.

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Lucas Van Dyke, Writer
Lucas Van Dyke is an eleventh-grader at Forest Grove High School. He likes to play basketball and baseball. He has one dog.

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