Akilah in Atlanta, GA

Akilah in Atlanta, GA

Once you’ve lived in a basement with your family which includes, you, your mother, your father and your newborn brother, you assume that your situation could not be any worse than it already is. Once you move into your first house, however, you start to realize something. The only way to go is up.

So when you finally start high school, you’re focused on moving up. Whether it’s moving up the social ladder or just moving up to the next grade, you become dead set on achieving more and more. When the time comes for you to start college applications, it helps to think about what inspires you. Sometimes, you may not have the help of your family. Sometimes, they’re the ones that are against you. But know one knows you better than yourself, and don’t ever forget that.

If you’re an awful procrastinator, like myself, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Pacing yourself is key. The last thing you want to do is stress yourself out. You’ve already got your grades to worry about, and we high schoolers know that our lives don’t consist of only homework and the questionable cafeteria food. You’ve got a life too!

When it comes to college applications, make sure you assess your family’s financial situation. My family certainly didn’t have the money for twenty college apps (not that I would have done that much anyway). I had to think within my means and I encourage other students to do that as well. I’m sure none of you want loans.

Try visiting campuses to feel them out. Hint: the one for you feels the most like home. The key to being a trailblazer is knowing your own strengths and weaknesses. Focus on burning brighter, and keep going up no matter what!