By: Zoë Felfle, Senior
Entering my freshman year, I was completely blindsided by the new world of responsibilities awaiting me. I didn’t expect the workload of brand new classes, and the effort it took to keep up with the demanding coursework of an AP curriculum; but, most of all I did not expect the amount of time management I would have to develop as I adapted to iPrep’s independent learning environment. Freshman year wasn’t easy. I would finish projects due the next day after days of procrastination, and my mantra was “that’s tomorrow Zoe’s problems.” While I still got decent grades, I simply wasn’t content with my academic experience.
Still, I knew I had to be responsible for my schoolwork, so I pressed on and adapted to my new educational environment, masterfully organizing my days to make sure I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by assignments I’d had days or even weeks to finish. As I perfected my time management skills, I started focusing on more work in what interests me, particularly English and history. I joined the National English Honor Society along with a variety of other clubs. I also began to complete my community service hours for high school. I felt like I was finally able to balance my schoolwork with my personal life.
Then, junior year arrived. Everyone will tell you, “Junior year is the hardest year of high school.” Honestly, I have to agree. My junior year brought more difficult coursework, more club responsibilities, and the need to study for the SAT and ACT. It was a struggle making sure I was doing everything, but even then, I plunged into my schoolwork, studying as much as I could to make sure I did exactly what I was supposed to do. I wish I could have studied more for the SAT, but even then, but my labors paid off and I am extremely happy with both my SAT and ACT scores. By the end of junior year, I felt like I had everything sorted.
Senior year, has a different kind of responsibilities. College admissions –applications, essays, transcripts, recommendation letters, interviews--are creeping around, poking my consciousness at every turn. Furthermore, many students have leadership positions in clubs and activities; we become the voice of the school, taking on on more responsibilities along with our academics. Not to mention, as our internships become bigger parts of our lives, we have to accommodate a balance of work and school, a skill that we not only as students, but also as people need to carry for the rest of our lives.
The Phoenix Flyer, constructed through hard work and care, both displays the responsibilities students have to conjure ideas, manage time, write articles, and design the month’s news; when we publish, the product is the relief and pride of all of those responsibilities accomplished. This month, our seniors and juniors worked to create a spook-tacular edition of our October Phoenix flyer. This edition, learn about what frightens the student population, which teacher can be characterized by Disney icon, a perspective of Hispanic Heritage activities here at iPrep and so much more.
So, students, sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed. Enjoy our October Edition.
Hi! I am a proud Ravenclaw and am always obsessing about one book or another. My current obsession is Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. (I highly recommend it if you're into a combination of Quentin Tarantino and Game of Thrones.)