“Huh?” An Advice Column, February 2017

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Melina Asteriadis

Ryan Foo ‘ 17 and Sophia Xian ’17, our columnists.

We would like to wish everyone at Bronx Science a Happy New Year! Of course, with a new year comes new resolutions. Here are some suggestions to help you stay on track for the beginning months of 2017.

For seniors, this is the time that college decisions start rolling in. If you got into your dream college, fantastic! You should be so excited that four years of sleep deprivation, stress, and hard work finally paid off! If not, don’t dwell too much over your deferrals or rejections.

It is completely fine to grieve for a while, but know that there are plenty of colleges that offer a multitude of different resources yet to be explored!

Allowing yourself a little sadness while your friends and family console you is completely healthy and all right. If you are admitted, realize that a college specifically chose YOU to be a part of their incoming freshman class–take advantage of that and go visit those schools. If not, final acceptances will be coming in March.

“It’s completely fine to grieve for a while, but know that there are plenty of colleges that offer a multitude of
different resources yet to be explored.”

For freshmen, congratulations, you just conquered your first midterm week at Bronx Science! If for some reason during the second semester you are looking back and have lost some of your first semester notes (like most of us), we are here to help.

We recomend joining the “Bronx Science Study Guides” Facebook group, or finding out if any of your classes have specific Facebook groups. In any academic Facebook groups, we suggest looking through uploaded files, as there are probably past study guides from recent years that you can use to help you study for your upcoming exams. If making study guides helps you to study, help your fellow students out by sharing them with the group!

For all non-seniors, this is also the time that you will be selecting your new classes for the Fall 2017 school term. Not sure if you want Calc AB or Calc BC, AP Stat or AP Psych? Post a question in the Bronx Science 2016-2017 Facebook page, ask your Big Sibs, or even e-mail one of us! The best way to get the gist of a class is to talk to other students who have taken it before.

You want to take AP classes in subjects you truly enjoy and for which won’t mind the challenge; don’t just stack up on AP’s for the credits, as you’ll regret it once May comes around.

That does not mean you should clear out your schedule so that you can have three different lunch periods. Find areas of studies that you’re passionate about, and don’t be afraid to explore the vast opportunities offered during the school year.

No matter what grade you’re in, be sure to set short-term and long-term goals for the brand new term.

Talk to you next time!

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