By Max Niles ‘18
1) Accept Your Fate- Junior year will at some point, suck. There’s no way around it. It is guaranteed that at some point during the year you will come into school having gotten no sleep the night before, three major assignments due that day, a big day of sports ahead, and you’ll want to roll up into a ball, cry, and die. But the key to junior year is accepting this fate early. If it sneaks up on you, the pressure of back to back to back crunch weeks will slowly crush your soul and your will to live. But if you accept it now, you know how bad those nights and days will be, and eventually, finally, summer will come. Also, it’s cheesy but everyone in your grade is going through the same thing, even those pesky Ivy league commits, and talking about how much you are dead inside makes for great bonding.
2) Don’t Worry About College- College might be an overwhelming thought, especially with seniors talking about reaches, ED schools and UChicago prompts, but the worst thing you can do as a junior is to always be worried about college. Don’t get me wrong, some concern about college is fine. If your grades are seriously slipping, then think about college. But you aren’t going to survive the year if you’re constantly thinking about how if you had done three points better in Spanish you would be getting into the school of your dreams. It puts way too much pressure on yourself to be thinking about college all the time, especially when you won’t be applying to a school for at least three months. Just focus on doing the best you can, and things will align themselves.
3) Get Your Testing Done Early- Nothing is nicer than the feeling of not having to cram in SAT/ACT/SAT subject tests in your crazy senior fall. So start studying (or hire PrepMatters to help you start studying) for the ACT and SAT in the fall, so that you can take them several times before college really becomes the overbearing force of doom in your life. Once senior year comes around you’ll already have that score you’re looking for and won’t have another element of stress in your life.
4) Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone- You only have two more years left at this place and there are so many opportunities. Join a play, do an art class, take vertebrate zoology, go on a wildlife biology excursion with JonJon and Nolan. There are so many awesome opportunities at STA that you’ll never get to experience unless you step outside your bubble. And to those of you that are worried about finding time in your schedule, junior year is not all about studying, you have time for fun too!
5) Enjoy It- As I said earlier, you only have two more years left at this wonderful place. At this point, you’ve grown up a lot from that bratty, annoying freshman and you still have a lot more growing to do. You’ve probably heard lots of horror stories about how bad it was, but it’s also the most fun year yet. You got to slow down and enjoy it with your amazing brothers because you’re going to be running out of the cathedral next June before you know it.