Select your classes carefully
One of the coolest things I think with American High School, is that you can select your own classes. I didn’t have this option with my High School in Cambodia. There are many classes to choose from. There are core classes and elective classes. Many students struggle with finding balance. If you commit to the most challenging track of core classes and then load up on uber-challenging electives on top of it, you might have overextended yourself, and your grades could suffer. On the other hand, if you don’t take on a class load that is challenging enough, you might feel bored, or find yourself with limited options when it comes time to apply to colleges. So, select your classes carefully and try to find the best balance between core and elective classes for you. Your advisor should be able to help with this also.
Manage your time wisely
Once you find the best balance for your classes, you can manage your time better. I can’t stress this enough, but time management is really important. You have to find a system that works best for you and follow through with your schedule accordingly. Good time management skills will also help you through many aspects of life. So, do research and learn more about yourself. The more you know about yourself, the better it is to manage yourself and your time.
Self-care and passion
It is also very important to take good care of yourself and find your passion. So getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking good mental care of yourself are all necessary to success in your classes. When any one of these fall by the wayside, you are unable to perform at the peak of your ability no matter how prepared you are otherwise. Put yourself first to ensure that you’re capable of following through on the rest of your commitments. Also try to find your passion, students who can identify their passions and pursue them are more engaged and motivated to succeed in High School. Experiment with different extracurriculars and pursue the activities that truly interest and fascinate you. You can’t fake passion and your authentic motivation to pursue these activities will shine through and could even lead to a future college major or career.
These are some of the tips that I think are really important to help anyone succeed in American High School. Good luck to everyone who made it and pursuing their dreams studying in American High School.