Planning Your Route: A First-Person Perspective

Last week I wrote about the importance of planning your route. Today I am happy to introduce you to Katie Intner, a future star who will be on her way to college next year, who below has offered a fresh perspective on her journey through high school. Whether your Katie's age and just starting to think about your future, or are already fully entrenched in your professional career, pay attention to these tips. They will help you on your road to success!


As a freshman entering high school, I was always lectured on how to do well in school. I was supposed to work hard in high school, so I could get into good college and get a good job.

Now, as I am going through my senior year of high school I’ve learned a few keys things about what it really takes to do well in high school and how those things can be helpful later in life.

Always work hard.

It may just be a short quiz or a minor homework assignment, but there is a reason you are given those assignments. If you do them all and take your time to study you will succeed in the class because there is no better feeling then getting an “A” on a quiz or test.

Network, network…and network.

Whether it’s a random speaker who came into your class or a primary source you contacted for your paper, make sure you get a business card or some form of contact information to reach out to them in the future. You never know when you may need some advice or can even call on one of those contacts about future internships or jobs.

Networking is a skill you will use for the rest of your life, so it is good to start early.

Build good relationships with your teachers.

Network internally, too. You never know when you might need help with an assignment or a chance for an extra credit to bump right before report cards are due.

Use your teachers as a resource. Ask them for help. Considering they are the people making your tests and assigning work, they’re a pretty good source.

Don’t wait until the last minute.

Time manage. If you have a test in a week, study a little bit every night rather than cramming the night before the test. It may be tempting to save the studying for tomorrow’s test, so you can watch your favorite TV show, but when you are sitting in class the next day you’re going to be unprepared. That’s not fun.

High school is stressful. Space out your work and don’t wait until last minute. You will thank yourself that you’re not scrambling to complete a five-page essay the night before your assignment is due.

Be confident.

A lot goes on during the four years of high school. The most important thing to take away from all of this is to be confident in your work and yourself. If you are confident in what you say in class and the assignments you hand in, your success will last far beyond high school.

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