Worried About Junior YearSchoolWorried About Junior Year<div class="ExternalClassAF305333CD704F0A88E33CB28BFBCA46"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">I go back to school in a week and I'm really nervous for it. Everybody says that junior year is the hardest year, and that worries me a lot, especially because I thought last year was the hardest year of my life. I'm worried I won't do as well in my classes as I'd like, and that none of my teachers will like me. I'm also worried that the friends I have now will leave me for a better group.</span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassB9789F9E692A475389C84854A5C14633"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">We probably could tell you that you are being silly to worry about things like that but you are not!  Those are legitimate concerns so do your best to lessen the probability they will happen.  You already know what your schedule is and who your teachers are.  Do some research about each one of them so you can show some interest in them, their teaching history, their family or perhaps even their hobbies.  Everyone is drawn to someone who shows interest in them personally.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">If as you get started on your Junior year, you feel that things are not going well in one of your classes, speak up right away.  Tell the teacher that you are struggling and need some extra help.  Don't wait until things get really stressful.</span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Start right away on establishing a good study routine.  Set aside a certain time every day to do your homework whether you have something due or not.  On the days when you don't have any assignments due the next day, review your notes to make sure that you understood what was taught in class.  If you get into a routine, it becomes something that you just do kind of on autopilot and it will help you to stay focused and minimize distractions. <br></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">As far as your friends go, talk with them about their schedules and what classes you will have together and whether you will be in the same classes or even in the same lunch periods.  When you find out, plan ahead to sit together or to help one another with studying for quizzes etc.  Schedule activities for weekends whether it is school activities or just things you do together, just to keep that social connection.  It is likely that you will form some new friendships too but if you value your old ones, keep them up with time and attention.</span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Make sure you are prepared for your first day.  Know what you are going to wear, make sure you have your assignment book and organizer and anything else you know about, all ready to go.  If it helps you to keep a calendar in your room along with your planner have that ready to go too.  In other words, BE PREPARED for being successful this year.<br></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Good luck.  Stay in touch and let us know how you are doing from time to time.</span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Sincerely,</span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">Pat, Counselor</span><br></p></div>16

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