Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back to School: Something Old, Something New

Class of 2012. New teachers, new students, same school. The thought of at least three hours of homework a night, seeing some people that I don’t particularly care for, and not being able to wear whatever I want (we have a dress code, we must wear a shirt with a collar and nice pants or a skirt) are what faces me in the upcoming school year as well as for the next two years. I also have sports practices and club meetings. Lots of work, but I do plan on having fun as well.

I’m entering my sophomore year and I have lots of plans. I’m joining some new clubs and going to try to be more active in the clubs I’m already a member of. I intend on making more time for friends (last year between two seasons of sports we didn’t hang out as much as I would have liked) and trying to reach out to new people. The people you hang out with at the beginning of freshman year are not the same people you will hang out your sophomore year or even the end of freshman year. I’ve seen sophomores walking around that I don’t know and we also got some transfer students and the new freshmen class. I want to stay on top of my classes, and keep up my GPA. Also, we sophomores are required to have 20 hours of service. Sounds easy enough, but it has to be at the same place and it’s pretty hard to get 20 hours when you have practice Mon-Sat as well as games. Finally, I want to be able to manage school, sports, service projects and blogging. This will be my first year of school while trying to manage a blog so it will be interesting to see how I do. My hope is to have at least four posts a week (Male Monday, Throwback Thursday, another book review, and New Crayons), but we’ll see.

Ultimately though, I need to remember to relax. School is important, but you also need to have fun. I don’t want to look back at my high school years and regret anything. I don’t think you need to go to every school function (dance, play, sports game), but you should try to go to school events at least once. Along with keeping up my grades, I want to be active in my school. Everyone says either their high school or college years were the best years of their life. I intend on making the best of them.
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Ari says she's sarcastic, caring, slightly crazy teenager. She loves to read, listen to music, dance and have fun. She's been reading seriously since second grade. Proud to be black. Ari is one of Color Online's CORA Girls. They rock. Check out her blog, Reading In Color.

4 comments:

zettaelliott said...

Good idea, Ari--aim for BALANCE! Students today are under so much pressure, you really can miss out on the fun of your teen years. Good luck with everything!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm betting you do just great! Just remember the key is how you define "best" for "best years of your life!!!"

Nymeth said...

It's definitely good to remember to relax! Good luck with everything, Ari! I think you're going to do GREAT :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds like a full plate. I know it's crazy but enjoy it!