*breathes a sigh of relief*
Wow! It seems surreal to say that we're halfway through the Science Academy program. This year felt like it was never going to end, and I am definitely glad to say that it is officially summer! This year has been the craziest rollercoaster ride ever- there were some pretty bad lows along the way, but just the same, some great accomplishments were achieved as well.
I think many can agree when I say, this is the first year of highschool where I was constantly being challenged in all of my subjects, and there were no "easy classes". One of the most important things I've learned, and I've probably said this quite a few times before, is time management. Many of us take part in extracurricular activities, sports teams, school clubs, or hold a part-time job. On top of that, think about maintaining a pretty high average and having somewhat of a social life.. now that's a challenge! (but we made it, halfway, at least)
As per prospective Science Academy students, here are some other things I've learned this year. Surround yourself with people who have the same mindset as you, so you all can grow together. That doesn't necessarily mean only people from Science Academy- sometimes it's good to take a break from the people you sit with for 2.5 hours every day. Also, find what works best for you- many of my friends realized they studied best at school after hours, while I realized I was most productive at home or at the library. Study groups are really useful, but if you find yourselves getting distracted, set time aside to study alone as well. To add, as a Science Academy student, be prepared to take on a lot of work and with that, stress. On a good day, you will probably sleep at 1 AM, but don't worry- coffee is always there for you. Even when taking into account all of the late nights, tears of frustration, and stress-filled days, I can honestly say Science Academy is worth it. I have yet to see the full results of my hard work, but so far, I have grown so much as a student, and it has been a great learning experience. Sure, there were many times where I questioned why I was putting myself under so much stress and pressure doing this program, but I always reminded myself that if I wasn't challenging myself, I was doing it all wrong.
I would like to thank all of my teachers, my parents, and wonderful friends for all of the support you have given me this year. It has been a great year, and I look forward to Year two!