by AUSTIN BERBEREIA
We all know that one person who is all about one thing at school and puts their education on standby. That one person is doing high school wrong. Choir, band, orchestra, drama, sports, dance, cheer, yearbook, newspaper, etc. are all alluring distractions from the world of studying and academia. The trick to be successful in high school is balance; a little bit of everything trumps a lot of one thing.
Those who think school comes second to everything else are dead wrong. If you neglect your studies, you will be left out to dry. High school may seem like a joke, but many people that have made the decision to ignore it and faced the consequences can assure you that it is not. The stereotype of the ungraduated high school student working at a fast food restaurant is a stereotype for a reason; this actually happens to people.
It’s understood that finding a sense of passion and enjoyment is the main draw in extracurricular and co-curricular activities and classes. A certain amount of time needs to be dedicated to these classes in order to be successful in them, but there should not be so much time spent at a student’s jurisdiction that their education begins to take a backseat. It is possible to have more than one main focus, and this balance is necessary to be successful.
Academics are where a lot of kids fail to see the use. Some find academics to be a means to an end in their life’s plan. If you need to take a class in order to learn things that you might not need or want, but will get you to where you want to be, then why not do the best job possible? Challenging yourself with more difficult classes is a part of these means; colleges want smart, well-balanced young adults. This is achieved through success in both academic and extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
However, success means different things to different people. Success is relative between students, as well as between colleges. Anything above a 3.0 GPA is deemed acceptable by some students, while others do not find it so. These “levels” mean nothing if a person is happy with their achievements. Most find those that are happy with themselves to be the most successful in the long run. Success, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
It is the kids who manage to find balance between their passions and school that get into the big colleges.