Dear Younger Me

More often than not, we’ve all made selfish decisions in our childhood that have left us with anxious and unpleasant memories as adults. On the other hand, we have made childhood decisions that produced successful outcomes, resulting in pleasant memories of achievements and recognition.

Based on lessons we’ve learned as children and adults, can help our students avoid the pitfalls that challenged our dreams and show them ways to keep one step ahead of pain and disappointment.

This article will help students understand six ways they can get the most out of school.

  1. Attend classes consistently. Missing a class should be a rare occurrence due to illness or an important obligation. After all, attending classes helps you understand the material well. And your regular attendance will show the teacher you are a serious student.

2. Participate in classroom discussions. You are more likely to pay attention to the lecture when you are involved in the conversation. Plus, teachers can see the extent of your understanding of the subject when you are engaged in the dialogue. Also, you will gain self-confidence to speak up in groups.

3. Pursue independent study. If you and your teacher agree, then pursue a topic of interest to research with guidance from the teacher. This independent study is a way for you to learn specialized materials and gain research experience.

4. Ask questions when in doubt. Don’t feel bad about asking questions. There are no stupid questions when you genuinely want to learn. It’s always better to ask questions and do things right, than it is to do it wrong and have to do it over again. Ask your question, then listen for the answer.

5. Take personal responsibility. When you have a sense of personal responsibility, you accept rules and live by the standards. It’s important to avoid blaming other people when you fail to meet the standards established by the teacher or the school district.

6. Be considerate of others. Treat others the way you want to be treated!

Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise

Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise is a New Jersey nonprofit organization dedicated to helping high school students set and achieve their goals.

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