Surviving Junior Year

Although it is often said, “High school is the best four years of your life,” people seem to forget about the workload that comes along with it. Junior year seems to hit students the hardest in terms of the workload, so here are some tips in order to do well.

Here at Pentucket, students strive to do their best work throughout their junior year because they’re told by staff, and sometimes parents that, “It’s the most important year of high school.”

It’s also common for students to be told that junior year grades are what colleges look at the most. So how does one do well in school with all of this pressure?

Junior Tori Soucy says, “You shouldn’t torture yourself by taking as many AP’s as you possibly can because it’ll backfire. You should take courses that you think you’ll need to fulfill for your major in college.”

Junior Sam Romano agrees, as she says, “Don’t take one just to take one because you’ll be miserable learning tons of information about something that doesn’t interest you. I chose to take AP history because I love the subject.”

This is great advice for the competitive group of sophomores here at Pentucket. It seems to be all about the grades that students receive opposed to their interest in classes and what they’re able to take away from them.

So, instead of diving into AP classes without any clue of what you’re getting yourself into, you should choose one or two, if you’re interested.

AP classes or not, the workload during junior year is much more of that than freshmen or even sophomore year.

Looking back at it, Senior Tia Pittounicos says, “Learn to manage your time well if you haven’t already, because there’s no time for procrastination.”

If students are able to do this, then they should be able to get everything done well, and on time.

Not only is there lots of work to do at home, but there’s always something important going on in class. Junior Sam Beninanti says that one of the best tips she can give an incoming junior is, “Don’t ever talk (out of turn) during class because you’ll either get in trouble, miss a lot of information, or both.”

As long as you do what’s best for yourself and stay on task, you should do well.