Dear Year 9 Self

Eight weeks done and three weeks to go until term one is finally at its end. It’s no surprise if you’re finding yourself much more demotivated as your school work is piling up while the social scene is working its way down. Going into my fifth and final year of high school, if I had to tell my Year 9 self anything for her forthcoming years, I’d say:

  1. Don’t be afraid to approach your teachers or peers

If you’re struggling with a certain subject, ask your teacher for help outside of class. It’s their job to help you learn, and one-on-one learning is also much easier for both you and your teacher, rather than with a class. Even ask your friends who take the same subjects as you. Having discussions is one of the best methods of studying; you get different viewpoints, but also a similar understanding of what you’re studying.

  1. Take some time off for yourself.

Staying healthy is just as important as studying. Even the strongest students should take a breather to clear their minds by just relaxing. Feeling overwhelmed by high school is normal, so do not feel guilty if you’re taking a break during your study.

  1. If there are no ups and downs, it means you’re dead.

Life runs like a heart-rate monitor. There will be ups and downs for everybody. Nobody’s life is perfect, so don’t compare yourself to others because that will be a battle you’ll always lose. When you accept everything you are and aren’t, that is when you will truly succeed. If things are looking down, they will get better because life keeps going and so will you.

  1. Stay inspired, stay organised!

Our school stresses the need for a weekly planner to record your homework: staying organised will go a long way. To-do lists and smart phones save lives and keeping up with whatever notes you have done in class will prevent so much stress and regret during exam time. If you have a tough time remembering things, try using post-it notes and stick them around your bedroom or any other places you spend a lot of time in. It’s such a satisfying and motivating feeling to tick off or throw away a post-it note after you’ve achieved a task. Also, try adding some things that inspire you to help stay motivated.

  1. “Put your oxygen mask on first, then help the person next to you”

Putting yourself before others isn’t necessarily bad. You don’t want to suffer from lack of oxygen while helping another out. Taking care of yourself will look after those around you too. Sometimes it’s good to bet on yourself, rather than others.

The harder you work, the harder you’ll play. High school can be a roller coaster but that doesn’t meant it won’t be fun. Make 2015 your year, don’t just drag yourself as the year goes on. Be strong, work hard, and be rewarded.

Written by: Ananya Grover. Edited by: Saffron Huang

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