What Advice Would You Give Younger Students?

Alyx, Kevin, Erika, and Ashanti share advice for overcoming obstacles in high school.

Try your best in everything that you do. And if you succeed? Congratulations! You strived to be your best and you’ve accomplished an amazing deed. Let’s say you didn’t receive the outcome you have hoped for. Take a step back and breathe. Remind yourself that you did your best, and your best was good enough. Most importantly, remember to not overwork yourself. Self care is the best care!  – Kevin D.

High school can be a stressful time but it is also rewarding. Know how to balance your academics and your free time because you are a student but more importantly you are a person. You are never alone. There are so many resources to take advantage of and so many people that want you to succeed. It can be easier said than done but definitely put yourself out there, meet new people, and try new things; It’s worth it. Enjoy this time because it’ll fly by. – Ashanti H.

Continue your activism but know that it is okay to take a break from it for your own mental health. – Alyx S.

I would want other students to know that they should “keep in mind where [they] are and where [they] want to go in life”, and that they should always remain open-minded.  – Erika I.

As a Reality Changers alumnus, Michelle shares her advice on how to overcome obstacles she’s faced in college.

To still be productive without a fixed schedule like I had in high school, I create my own fixed schedule. If I have classes in the afternoon, I wake up early to do homework. I schedule meetings and classes in my calendar, and I make my due dates 2 days earlier. I set alarms throughout the day to remind myself to do certain things (e.g., 5:20PM “Your enrollment window opens in 10 minutes”).

My best advice for making friends is to join orgs/clubs and make study groups, stay the weekends, and put yourself out there. Now that you’re in college, if you want to be friends with someone, just invite them to lunch. In a way, college really tests your social skills, but the outgoing people shouldn’t be the only ones thriving. Really tell yourself that you can stand these next few minutes of possible social rejection in order to find people who will be your friends for the rest of your time in college.

– Michelle N.

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