What I’ve learned from Sophomore Year

By Caroline Steinmetz’17

As spring fades away and summer approaches, students tend to toss aside their polos and put on their bathing suits ready for the long year to end. While lounging by the pool with friends I’ve found myself reflecting over the past year of my life and the changes I’ve made. So here I am, ready to tell you 10 things I have learned from my sophomore year at Mother of Mercy High School.

  1. Bond with different people in your classes. This is the year after the awkward “Hi I’m Caroline and I like turtles”, freshmen introductions, so take advantage of it and get to know different sides of your classmates.
  2. Stop Freaking Out..Seriously. One thing I’ve learned is that no matter what, your project/homework/essay will get done. Maybe you will stay up until 2:30 a.m. (coffee is a great invention) but you will get your homework done. Mental breakdowns happen…Embrace them. There will be a time when you have 6 projects due, and essay to write, and a Lacrosse game until 9:30. It’s okay. Really.
  3. Join clubs. Now that you actually know how to get to the cafeteria without getting lost, stop in at a service or writing club meeting. Even if it’s not your favorite thing in the world right now, maybe it’ll turn out to be.
  4. OGT’s aren’t hard. They’re annoying tests, yes, but the material is fairly simple. Also the 1 hour of nap time after you finish is a bonus.
  5. It’s okay to have no idea what you want to do…you’re not alone. Take a deep breath, you have two more years to figure it out. Experiment classes and find out what you like. Don’t feel bad if you left the “interest” box blank…you’ll figure it out.
  6. Stop being lazy and join a sports team. I can honestly say playing lacrosse was one of my best decisions I made this year. Bonding with an amazing team and actually doing something(other than binge watching the office) for once is fun and keeps you in shape.
  7. So you failed a test? Cool. Life happens man. Extra credit, projects, and other tests make failing things not so scary.
  8. Take all experiences for what they are. Who cares if you looked like an idiot in front of people..didn’t you have fun? You’re no longer friends with them? So? Look back at the good memories and smile.
  9. Be weird ok? Literally no one expects a 10th grader to not be awkward…so embrace it. You can “find yourself” if you want to be cheesy or simply just have fun. High school is to prepare you for college, so be weird now rather then later.

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