Senior year of high school

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photo taken from White Station Scroll

Senior year of high school leads to a lot of “lasts,” but for the first time students will be navigating the college admissions process while trying to make the most of what’s left of high school. Start senior year focused and prepared by knowing what to expect and how to solve any challenges you may face.

Now here are a couple of things to expect senior year, and how to handle them:

Grades STILL matter.

  • Colleges look at grades from all four years of high school. Colleges require
    you to submit a final grade report, and poor grades senior year can keep you out of your dream college. Some colleges have been known to cancel acceptances if your final transcript shows a sharp drop in grades.
  • Stay focused on finishing the year strong and keep grades up. Colleges will notice that you’re working hard and that you have the maturity to handle a college course load.

You will be busy so stay organized.

  • Time management is essential to your success, especially as you dive deep into college applications. Set aside time for studying, homework, and extracurricular activities.

Making sure to keep these things in mind will help you have a successful senior year.

5 tips to a great looking weave

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image taken from Pinterest

What is a sew in weave? A sew in, is a form of weave for the hair that you actually sew into your hair instead of glueing onto your scalp. They last for at least 3 months before it should be taken out. It is a protective style, meaning that while you have your sew in installed, your hair underneath should grow and get healthy as long as you take care of it.

Some tips on how to take care of your weave:
1. Wrapping your hair at night with a silk scarf/bonnet.

  • Silk scarves and silk pillow cases help keep moisture in.
  • Cotton pillow cases cause friction and can lead to hair loss.

2. Heat protectant. ALWAYS!

  • Weaves can only take so much stress before they start looking worn down.
  • Keeps hair from looking dried out and has your ends looking luscious.

3. A wide tooth comb is your new best friend.

  • Helps prevent breakage and damage to your weave.

4. CONDITION CONDITION!

  • Will leave your hair feeling and looking lustrous.
  • Try to deep condition every two weeks.
  • It’s best to use a suave conditioner because some other conditioners may leave a wax coat on your hair making it look worn down.

5. Invest in your hair!

  • I don’t mean break the bank but it’s quality over quantity when it comes to buying “bundles”.
  • The type of hair you buy is the most crucial step because how can you maintain a weave that was never great in the first place.
  • Also, what I mean by invest in your hair is to purchase hair that you can reuse time and time again, this means good quality human hair.

How to get ready for PROM!!

BEFORE PROM

1: Find a date and buy the tickets ahead of time because the closer prom gets the more the tickets will cost. Make plans with your date and/or friends before prom to take pictures or eat dinner, depending on your school’s plan for prom. You’ll want to take pictures together to remember this night forever!

2: Choose your outfit well in advance. Look in thrift stores or at sales before prom season to find an awesome dress that works for you without completely breaking your budget.

3: Before prom, try and break in your shoes by wearing them around the house a little to prevent blistering and hurting your feet.

4: Make an appointment for a hairdresser well in advance. This is especially important if your school is a big one, or many schools are having prom on the same weekend.

5: Practice your makeup beforehand. You can get a professional to do this, but it may be unnecessary and expensive if you can make yourself up by yourself.

6: Plan your day. Give yourself enough time on the night of prom to fix your hair, your makeup, and to put on your dress. Pack a small clutch to bring with you. Make sure you have your ticket, photo ID, some money, lip balm, and anything else you might need.

7: Lastly, go into prom with a good attitude and fun spirit and don’t forget JUST HAVE FUN!

Balancing work and school

~b420783Like many high school students, you may work part time. A good thing about the experience of working isn’t only that you earn money but it also challenges and teaches you by teaching you new things about yourself.

Before getting a job consider how you will handle juggling your work and school work. While considering this decision talk to a parent and ask questions like: “How can I manage my time to make school and a job work for me?” and “What type of job will work best with my schedule, skills, and personality?”

Once you have a part time job consider some strategies like, starting slowly and not committing to working a lot of hours right way. Also, use your time efficiently, for example, if you have time before your shift starts to do homework do it before because after working you’ll probably be too tired to do anything and it gives you a chance to go to bed earlier.

A job can benefit you by teaching you about commitment, time management, responsibility, and handling money. Also, it helps you explore career directions and reaching your goals too.

Busing

~b778142I am a junior at Highland Park Senior High School and I have something to say about the school’s busing. Why is it that I don’t have access to a school bus for transportation to and from school when my friend that lives roughly 5 minutes away from me has access to a bus?

One day I took the school bus to her house from school and noticed how close the bus route is to my house. That got me thinking, especially since there was only like 10 students on her bus. Given the location of my house, and available room on the bus, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to add another stop to the bus route.

The way I get to school is by getting dropped off by my mom, and I get home from school by taking the city bus. I don’t have to just take 1 bus, but 2, and riding the city bus is not free. I know the school sells bus cards, but who has $80 to buy a bus card?

My overall point of writing about this topic is to make it known that a few changes should be made to the busing routes to make it more convenient for students and their guardians to get to school.