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What I Wish I Knew in 9th and 10th Grade

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For this article, I don’t want to sound like the know-it-all senior, but I am going to offer up some advice to you 9th and 10th graders. And no, this will not be an article about how to avoid annoying the rest of the school… ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  1. They’re really not that big of a deal

When I came to the high school I thought that everything was so much more serious than in middle school. But looking back now I realise that it really wasn’t. I wish I understood that 9th and 10th grade are still a part of the MYP, and therefore not really any more different than 8th grade. I wish I didn’t take 9th and 10th grade as seriously as I did. Don’t get me wrong – there are skills you learn in those years that will be useful forever; just don’t stay up nights at a time trying to get something done, it won’t be the end of the world. 

2. Try new extracurriculars (you’ll have the time)

In 11th grade, I was convinced by some members of the swim team to join the team for the first time. I’d never really swum competitively and the point wasn’t to be a competing member necessarily, especially because I joined so late. I found it so much more fun than I thought it would be when I joined. Okay, training wasn’t a walk in the park and I often felt super worn out after; BUT the team itself was so much fun. The last thing I expected was such a laid-back team that was so welcoming and supportive. It really made me realise my mistake in waiting so long to join a new team. Had I joined in 9th or 10th grade I would’ve been far less stressed by it and I would’ve met more people earlier on (and of course improved my swimming skills… not that I’d improve dramatically…)

3. Choose AP/IB wisely

Immediately when you come to the high school you are exposed to the “AP or IB” choice, and choosing it wisely is a big help. The biggest piece of advice I have is to not listen to the stereotypes. I often hear that AP is super easy, and let me tell you, as someone who has a friend taking 6 AP classes, it definitely isn’t always easy. People also say that IB means you have no social life. Wrong again; I take IB and trust me, I love a good social event (party) as much as the next person and will let myself have a social life too. The best thing to do is talk to AP or IB students, don’t worry, we don’t bite, and just ask them about their programme. Take into consideration where you want to study at university, what you’re used to, types of assessments, learning style, etc. My biggest regret is that I never felt like I’d asked enough questions and felt like I was just blindly choosing a programme… don’t let yourself become that person!

 

 

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