Assessing your activities

I hate to be the one bring it up, but school is about to get rolling again. Before the new year kicks in and you start moving on autopilot, take some time to sit back and really think about what you want this school year.

Are you a busy-busy person, involved in every activity under the sun? If so, do you like it that way?  Or do you find yourself often stressed out, staying up late to finish homework and seriously lacking in time to recharge? If you’re one of those super-busy people, you might want to think about scaling back a little bit.  As you get closer to college, life is only going to get busier. Making college visits, filling out applications, securing financial aid, and all the rest are going to take some time.

So, how do you pare down? Think hard about all the activities you’re involved in. Make a list if you need to. You probably already have a sense of what activities excite you and which ones don’t. Consider dropping those that don’t interest you as much, especially if they’re time-consuming. Talk it over with your parents to get their thoughts as well.

But what if you have the opposite problem? If you’re not involved in many school or outside activities, now is the time to starting deciding how to get involved. High school is about so much more than just going to class and hanging out with your friends. And being in activities is not just about your college applications. It’s truly a chance to figure out what interests you. Don’t pass it by.

Caroline Hanson

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.
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