Acceptance season

It’s that exciting time of the year, that goes on until spring, where seniors are getting there acceptance letters from college.

It is exciting, and overwhelming, to hear back from the colleges that you have been thinking about since the minute you entered high school, and have been working towards for the past four years. It can get nerve racking waiting to hear back, and sometimes it can be news that you weren’t expecting, but don’t let this stop you from believeing that you won’t get into the school you want.

When applying to college, it all begins with the excitment of being able to think about all the possibilities for you out there, to learn how to be independent and really start the earning process for your future goals. But, it can sometimes result in feeling crushed once you have realized that you haven’t been accepted into the school of your dreams. Don’t let this get to you, it can have a toll, but that just means that there is a better option out there for you.

At the end of the day, acceptance season can be really exciting but scary. It’s just making sure you know that even if it’s bad news, you won’t let it rain on you, because an acceptance letter will be coming sooner or later.

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2019 school start times

Throughout the different grade levels you have been through, you have most likely been through a lot of different start times and ending times for school.

In elementary school, it started a lot later, meaning you would get out later as well. But for middle school and high school, you would start a lot earlier and end earlier.

As of fall, 2019 though, SPPS has decided to change the start time for high, and middle, schools to 8:30 a.m. because of studies that have shown that teens wake up later naturally.

In these studies, it basically showed that students were having trouble with sleep schedules because typically, they would sleep later. I know that with me being a senior, I can say that I struggle with waking up early because I either can’t sleep at a reasonable time or else I am up doing homework. I know that a lot of students do this too. This can just have students not be able to focus in class and feel sleepy all day. With this later start, students will get the chance to sleep in a little longer.

So, you maybe thinking, “Would that cause after school activities to run later?” and yes, it would, because of the later ending time.

But at the end of the day, students are getting the chance to sleep longer, which will hopefully increase a better performance in school. Students will feel more energized and ready to learn. At the end of the day, this change will hopefully see an improvement in students.

What to do if you are failing

Everybody has been at that point where they have been in a class where they weren’r doing so well. It can be a discouraging, and can really put you down. I know that I have been in a position like this before, and it sucks. Here are some tips that helped me get through my struggles, and helped me pass a class with a decent grade.

Participate in class. I know that everyone has experieced that moment when a teacher has called on you and you didn’t know the answer. You can avoid all that if you just participate. That can be in a number of different ways. I know it can be very tempting to talk with your friends or use your phone, but keeping away those distractions will help you stay more focused. Taking notes and focusing on the teacher is already showing that you are participating and this will also help you stay focused and on top of what you are learning.

Always take notes. Sometimes, it can be a hassle writing down everything the teacher is writing down, and it can take up a lot of time, and taking a picture seems easier, but it is proven that writing down those notes will help you understand the material better. I know that when I take notes, going back and looking at what I wrote is a lot better than a slide show. You can make it fun by adding color to your notes so it’s more appealing to you when looking back at them.

Always study! I know that studying can be boring but studying is a really helpful tool. Without practicing what you are learning, you won’t be able to know the material as well as someone who did study. Instead of looking at a page full of notes, you can create flashcards to help you understand it more. You can even study with a friend as long as you know you guys won’t distract each other.

Talk to your teacher. Talking with your teacher will help you figure out what you need to do in order to pass at the end of the day. They are the ones that will help you the most in making sure you get the materials you need to pass the class. Talking with them will help you figure out what your next step will be.

How to destress from college applications

It’s that time of year where senior’s are the busiest with college applications. This is the time when you get to apply to those schools you have been dreaming to get into, and it can be exciting but, it is a long process and can get very stressful. We have to remind ourselves that we need to take some time for ourselves to destress a little. Here are some tips on how to do that:

Take breaks. After working for several of hours, you can get tired and you’re most likely not understanding what your reading. It’s good to take breaks because you can have that time to just destress and step away from the computer screen. This is a time when you can really just close your eyes and really focus on your breathing.

Be yourself. I know that when writing college essays, it can be be hard because you want to write a good college essay, but sometimes, students write college essays that they think colleges want to hear. A lot of the times, they just want to get to know you and that’s why it’s important to be yourself when writing these essays. They want to hear what you went through  and how it made you the person you are today, and you just need to remember that.

Ask for help. Sometimes, you can be in over your head and you don’t think you’re doing things right. It can be helpful to have one look over things for you just to make sure you’re on the right track. This can be beneficial to you because you can get feedback and notes and can make changes before you hit that submit button.


How to have a better relationship with your teachers

When beginning school, everyone has the mindset that they want to start school off strong, and do well, and finish off that year. It will be hard, but there are tips and tricks that will help you figure out how to do your best. Teachers play a big role in this because they will be the ones helping you make sure you try and get the best possible grade, but that’s only if you let them help you.

 Starting off my freshamn year, I went into high school thinking that I would be able to do things on my own and be independent. I really just wanted to prove to myself and others that I was able to do things without any help.

Things started off great at first but I eventually started to feel hopeless and felt like I wasn’t doing anything right.

By quarter 2, things started to get harder as we were getting to learn new things. I would always just tell myself that I didn’t need to ask the teacher for help, and i would just figure it out on my own, but then I saw that my grades began to slip.

My self confidence in myself began slip, and I knew that it was time to ask my teachers for help.

When I decided to ask for help, I realized that I didn’t need to be alone, and I had wonderful teachers to help me out. As I started to ask for help, I realized that I got to become closer to these teachers, and I realized that we got along pretty well.

One techer in particular became one of my favorites and I ended being in her class all four years of high school whether that was taking a coure of becoming a TA.

Now, I have realized that asking teachers for help is a good way in helping you become closer with teachers, because they really do help, and you can spark a realtionship with them that you will get to look at later in life.

The do’s and don’ts of the school hallway

By: Darartu Omar

Everyone knows that the school hallways can be pretty hectic. People are just trying to get class. But what some people don’t realize is that they are making it harder for everyone else. Some people shove, some people yell. If anything, that isn’t going to help. So, I’m here to give you some tips and tricks of not only how to survive in the hallways but also in telling you the do’s and don’ts.

Let’s say you’re walking and you see your friend in front of you. You probably want to catch up with them right? Well, here’s what you can do. You can either find them at lunch or just forget about it. What you shouldn’t do is shove others to get to that friend. You could potentially hurt others but also hurt yourself.

Another thing that goes on in the hallways, that I know a lot of people notice, including myself, is EXCESSIVE PDA. I know that couples want to show their love and what not, but it’s not very comfortable for us when walking in the school hallway to get to class. It’s not like you will not see your boyfriend/girlfriend after class; they won’t miss you to badly.

One thing that I know bothers me a lot, and some others too, is the fact that people will stand right in the middle of the hallway. The hallways are already small and tight but to make matters worse, people like to stand there and make conversations with others. Sometimes, they will make a circle right smack in the middle and won’t even think to move out of the way, and sometimes will ignore you even when you have asked nicely.

Overall, I would say that the school hallways can be very annoying and frustrating. I know that when I graduate this year, this is one thing I will not miss about it.