Video: 5 Tips to Increase Your Junior Year Success

Junior year has a reputation for being tough, but our student vlogger Robert knows the best tips and tricks to help you succeed.

Junior year has a reputation for being tough, but our student vlogger Robert knows the best tips and tricks to help you succeed. Check out the video below to learn more!

Get a notebook or binder (1:05)

When it comes to applying for college and having to talk about your accomplishments in high school, it’s hard to remember everything. You should keep an ongoing notebook of all your major achievements, volunteer work, awards, etc. This way, all crucial information will be in one place for you to easily circle back to and reference in all your college applications.

Begin to find your niche (2:20)

Colleges like, at least to some degree, students who have an idea of what they want. If you structure your course load in high school to mimic the way your schedule will look like in college, you will increase your chances of getting admitted. Make sure you take classes that you like for colleges you want to pursue, because success is loving what you do!

Figure out your identity (5:40)

Finding your identity can be quite difficult in high school. People are at a vulnerable age and go through a lot of changes. Despite this, it is important to embrace who you are and to power through the superficial to ultimately find out who you are and what is most important to you.

Solidify relationships with your teachers (6:50)

This is super important when it comes to getting a recommendation letter for college. Form relationships with teachers so that they can write a much more valuable recommendation letter, because a good rec letter can be make or break.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes (8:24)

Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Take your academics seriously, but find a balance. Yes, we all make mistakes, but the most important thing is to learn from them. At some point, everyone fails. But once we do that, we learn more about ourselves and how capable we are of achieving our goals.

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