Working Our Way To College

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College is an expected destination for Wesleyan students. With every new week of school comes new tests, quizzes and papers to write, and everyone works hard to keep their GPAs eligible to get them into their dream college. Between tests and quizzes, students give up their nights and Saturday mornings for ACT and SAT tutoring, and let’s not forget sports and play practices. So how are students expected to have any fun?

The ultimate goal for Wesleyan students is to work hard enough to get into the college of their choice. Although we often believe that high school doesn’t matter because we are learning pointless subjects, it does matter for our futures, with colleges and even life after college.

High school is an incredibly busy time. Most everyone is dedicating their nights and weekends to extracurricular activities, and students are constantly complaining about the amount of work that they have to do. For freshmen, the destination of college seems far in the future. Although it may seem like the topic of college doesn’t apply, freshman year is still crucial. The first year of high school is important for one’s overall GPA and it is important to get involved in activities in the school.

For sophomores, college is still far away.  It may be a hard year, and college may still seem like it is still a distance away. Sophomores may believe that they have to know exactly what they want to do with their lives, but this is not true. Extracurricular activities are becoming more intense, whether it is playing Varsity sports or getting bigger roles in plays. This can add on to the stress that is already on sophomores with school work, and some use these extracurricular activities as an excuse to stop giving their best. Although that may seem like the easy solution, if you still give your best effort in everything you do, you will be set up better for your future.

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Then, comes the dreaded junior year. It is academically challenging, but the hardest part of junior year is knowing how close you are to college, but only watching the seniors graduate and go to college. Juniors, you may still think that you are too young and inexperienced to head off to college, but it is coming sooner than you think.

Growing up, we were all told that senior year is easy because of “senioritis” and we can stop trying, but the seniors have all realized that this is not true. The homework load is bigger than it has ever been, and students are having to take the ACT and SAT for the last few times. Even with all of this work, the sight of college on the horizon is pushing us through. Senior year is a time where everyone comes closer together and makes big decisions about their future. Everyone is excited for college and some people are already feeling the early onset “senioritis.”

So what is so appealing about college you may ask? Well, college is a time where we are given more freedom, and are able to figure out what we love to do. If you do not already know what you want to do with your life, you will be able to get a better idea in college. High school plays a huge stepping stone on your way to college. College is a destination that most of us are aiming for. High school is extremely important, and it is setting us up for the rest of our lives.

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