As much as we hate to think about it, school is already in session or just around the corner for many of us. Soon it will be back to the struggle of finding a working pen or a pencil with lead, rushing to get that huge final project done on time and cramming for tests, promising ourselves that we'll do better next year as the stress rises.
Of course, there are always some aspects of school that we look forward to, whether it's the big game against the school rival, socializing with friends again, or the upcoming play production.
As summer comes to a close, many Top of Utah teens have been thinking of ways to make this school year different than the last. Instead of New Year's resolutions, we are talking about back-to-school resolutions.
Pump it up
One thing that many teens mention as a back-to-school resolution is the desire to do better in school. This is especially true for those closer to the end of their high school experience who have a desire to get good ACT scores and work on getting scholarships.
Other just want to bump up that GPA or maybe try to achieve a 4.0 for the year.
"I want to start studying more, not just waiting until the last minute before a test -- I actually have to study for it," said Tobin Niebrugge, a junior at Bonneville High School.
There are those classes we've taken this year that we look forward to -- while dreading some of the others -- but there's no way to completely escape the fact that there are always those necessary credits to graduate. While completing those requirements, many have already started to look toward college and taking early college classes.
"I want to push myself harder in school, to do early college, try to jump at the opportunities that are available to me before I graduate," said Vanessa Vasquez, a junior at Bonneville High.
Make it count
Many also want to make the last year of their high school experience count before heading off to college or starting their careers.
"Going into my senior year I want to make it memorable, have a lot of laughs, make new friends, get into trouble, not a lot though, (and) regret nothing," said Jim Adams, a senior at Northridge High School. "I'll try to do this by being the most outgoing I've ever been and get out of my comfort zone. I want to do this because the past 11 years for me have been really dull and I want to go out with a bang, so to speak."
Even as we joke about how school drags on forever, some are quickly coming to the end of high school so getting more involved is another goal that some Top of Utah teens have for this upcoming school year, as well as becoming more social.
"I would like to be able to be more involved this year. I am going to find a buddy and drag them with me to lots of activities and such," said Taylor Deem, a junior at Fremont High School.
The screaming crowd, the adrenaline pumping, the clock ticking away precious seconds are all some of the aspects of the big sporting event. Sporting events have become a big part of the high school experience for many teens, whether it is the desire to letter, or to play on varsity as much as possible.
"I'm going to try and do track this year, and I want to letter by senior year. I've been running, and I'm just working on getting better at my pacing," said Kenzie Stokes, a junior at Bonneville High School.
Just one thing
So, whether it's waking up 10 minutes earlier to get to school on time, working on homework right away to avoid procrastination, or trying out for a sports team or part in the school play, make your back-to-school resolution and become determined now. Setting little steps to reach your goal can really pay off.
Meghan Jones will be a junior at Bonneville High School. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.