How to make the most out of the rest of the school year
By Avreet Jagdev
As we roll into springtime, the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the school year is coming to an end. For many, this is exciting news — who doesn’t look forward to summer? But this also might mean you’re one step closer to graduating, which can be a big and scary change. Even for those not graduating, you’ll only be in your current grade once! So if you’re looking to make this academic year one to remember, here are some tips and pieces of advice to make the most out of the rest of your school year.
- Attend sports events
Even if sports aren’t your thing, watching school sports events can be lots of fun, and will become memories you’ll cherish long after you graduate! As someone who graduated in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I regret not going to high school sports games when I had the chance to do so. The energy is always unmatched, and it’s also a great way to unwind from the stress of school.
- Actively make new friends
One thing that will always stick with you – even after the school year is over – are the friends you make. Especially if you’re someone who is more introverted or has had the same group of friends for most of their schooling, consider challenging yourself to actively pursue new friendships. This might mean sitting next to someone new in class, talking to a stranger in the hallway, or hanging out with your friends’ friends! However you do it, making new friends is one of the best ways to make the most out of the school year.
- Get involved in extracurriculars
It might be late in the school year, but it is never too late to take on a new extracurricular activity! Consider joining a club, sport intramurals, or other campus initiatives and opportunities. Look for things you truly enjoy.
- Study in a group
Studying can be stressful, but you can make it more fun by starting a study group with your friends or classmates. Find a day and time that works for everyone in your group, and plan to meet at a library, school, or someone’s house. Bring your study material, and don’t forget snacks! Try setting timers for twenty-five minutes in which everyone is productive, give yourself five-minute breaks to chat and unwind, and repeat!
- Start thinking about your summer plans
If you want to be proactive, the end of the school year can be a good time to start thinking about what you’ll be up to in the summer. If you want to save some money, start thinking about applying to summer jobs. If you want to have fun and make memories, look into summer camps or other activities you can join. If you plan to apply to university soon, think about dedicating your summer to working on your applications.