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Jacqulyn's Declassified Sophomore Survival Guide
Jacqulyn Pastula

By Jacqulyn Pastula


Going into high school can be a terrifying transition for anyone. This is when you are one step closer into entering the real world, and there are do's and dont's to surviving high school. Between balancing academics, extracurricular activities and more, it can get pretty overwhelming quickly. Transitioning into the high school is a whole new experience, with the teachers, the clubs, and now there's a kid in your math class with a beard!

While interviewing several sophomore students in Clarkston High School about how they've enjoyed going to Clarkston High School during the first several months of school so far, they shared various advantages and disadvantages of high school.

Sophomore Megan Smith explained how there were more opportunities at the high school, and more to do overall, "I feel like there's more opportunities at the high school, like there's more ways to get connected in the community." But a con Smith described was how hard it can be to find her way around the school, a problem many sophomores agreed with. That's a problem everyone has to go through, and eventually you'll look back and laugh at how fearful you would get in the hallways while searching for a classroom number you swear didn't exist.

While getting opinions from the Sophomore class, I was asked some questions they hoped the upperclassmen could answer, this included:

Q: "How should I narrow down and choose my classes for upcoming years?" - Arianna Ferris

A: Aligning your schedule for Junior and Senior year can be an enjoyable yet stressful process. The biggest thing is to choose classes you are genuinely interested in, but always continue to make sure you're challenging yourself. If you plan to attend college after high school, admission offices appreciate seeing a somewhat rigorous schedule. Keeping that in mind, you don't want to overwork yourself too much, not every class should seem unbearable when it comes to academic demand. High school should be fun and a time to try new things, so make sure to take a few electives that you normally wouldn't.

Q: "How should I prepare for the SAT?" -Megan Smith

A: There's not one single right way to prepare for the SAT or ACT. For some people test taking just clicks with them, and they don't need any extra practice. But if you're not as lucky as those folks, getting a good score on the SAT isn't impossible. Paying attention in your Junior year Language Arts class is a good place to start, considering reading and writing take up a majority of the SAT. Throughout your Junior year you will do a lot of analyzing of passages and you'll also write a lot of essays. It may be tedious, especially if you decide to take AP Language Arts, but DO NOT BLOW IT OFF! There is a reason for these lessons, and one of it's benefits is to help improve your testing skills! Not everyone can afford to take the extra classes outside of school to prepare for the SAT, and if you're one of those people the biggest piece of advice is to occasionally do SAT practices throughout the year, and to take assignments and advice in your

language arts class seriously!

Q: "Is it true that Junior year is your hardest year of high school?" - Jason Adriaens

A: Junior year is a very tricky year for most. It may seem as though the world is collapsing under a sea of homework and assignments, but remain calm! Balance out your classes so you're challenging yourself, but you're not overwhelmed. There is no right way to prepare for your Junior year of high school, you just have to take it day by day. Once it's over with, you'll feel so relieved and will have a relaxing Senior year to look forward to.

Sophomore year may be stressful, but don't forget to have fun along the way. High school isn't supposed to be horrible, even though it is for many. You only have a few years left of being a kid, so enjoy it while it lasts! If you have any questions or comments feel free to email: ClarkstonPawPrints@gmail.com


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