Tips & Tricks to Thrive in High School
Every year, seniors have a list of those things that would have made high school a better four years, whether it be academics, athletics, arts, or social circumstances. Here are some words of advice from seniors from the past.
- Get to know your guidance counselor and build a relationship.
- Work to find out which courses are right for you, whether advanced or hands on.
- Study: Freshman year is one of the hardest because you're getting used to high school.
- Get Involved: Whether it be a sport, an art, or a club, get involved. It will make high school so much more fun.
- Don't get involved in drama: If drama finds you, don't engage, drama will pass by and move onto a target who cares.
- Take control of your school: The school belongs to the students, take charge. Have fun, and make BCHS the best it can be by your efforts. If you see something that isn't right, talk to a staff member or call silent observer at (616) 774-2345 or text "CRIMES" and text your message.
- Talk to others: Talk to your parents, a staff member or friend if something is not right. There are hard times, but you can get through them with support. The counseling office is here to help.
- Get Organized: Don't rely on your memory. Use a smart phone with an app, binders, or notebooks to keep all your "to do's" in one place.
- Use a locker: Even if you visit it once per day, it will keep you from carrying 30 lbs in your backpack and a place to keep your coat.
- Plan on one to two hours of homework every night: If you don't have as much, use that time to review notes. It's about "learning" not about spitting out information.
- Get access to a computer: So many assignments are easier with a computer. If possible, bring it to school. You can access our internet with your username and login.
- Be YOU! Don't try to be someone you aren't. This is a great time to learn how to lead. Be strong and be you.
- Check your grades on power school: Check early and often, and talk to teachers if they are not posting. If this is a regular occurrence that they are not posted, talk to your Principal.
- Hang out with the right crowd. If your friends are doing things you know you should not, it's easier to walk away earlier than later.
- Challenge yourself! Don't take the easy road, it will leave you behind at the end of high school.