This year, I will be graduating from high school a semester early with an advanced diploma. I plan on attending a local community college online and majoring in business administration. Once I finish my two years there, I plan on transferring to Binghamton University or Mansfield University where I will receive my bachelor of business administration. After graduation, I would love to move to Pennsylvania and open up my own Inn. This is just a little insight of my post-graduation plans. I do not have everything figured out, but that is okay because I love the spontaneity of it all.
I never thought the words, “I’m graduating early”, would ever come out of my mouth. Today I visited with my guidance counselor to discuss my senior year schedule, only to come to the realization that it will be packed full with a bunch “filler classes” because I only need 3 more credits to receive my advanced diploma. When I returned home, I sent my guidance counselor an email asking about the possibility of me graduating a semester early in January. Next week, I am meeting with him to get everything finalized. Since I will be graduating early, that means everything will be pushed ahead. Applying to college, attending college, applying for financial aid, graduating from high school, etc. When I think of leaving a semester early, I feel excited. I will be creating a series on this blog about graduating early and applying to college. I do not know what I will call it yet, but you will find out shortly.
I started volunteering my Freshman year of high school. Since then, I have discovered multiple ways on how to find volunteer work. Here is how:
- Guidance Office
- Main Office
- Bulletin Board in School
- Emailing different organizations such as your local library, charities, etc.
- Networking- asking friends, family and acquaintances if they know of any volunteering opportunities for you
I recommend every individual to volunteer because it helps with your social skills. Since I can remember, I have always been that quiet girl, but now I am that girl that volunteered to take a public speaking class at my high school. If it was not for volunteering, I do not know what kind of person I would be today.
My mother decided to sort through her closet today to make it more organized. In a stack of papers, she found my old elementary/middle school pictures and asked if I wanted to keep them. Of course, I said yes. When I was shifting through all of the packages, I saw my eighth grade photos and I began to feel awful. I did not feel awful in the same way as others who view photos from their younger years, but because I realized I stopped trying. In eighth grade I worked out for ~1hr every other day, I wore nice clothes when I went to school, I did my hair and makeup and I spent time with my friends. Once I started high school everything changed. I began wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt every day to school, I stopped doing my hair and makeup, I stopped working out, I hardly spent time with friends and spent most of my time in a chair watching Netflix on my laptop. Looking back at these old photos of myself made me realize that things need to change. This is my last year of high school and I want to start doing things differently. I want to start looking presentable when I go to school. I want to get off Netflix and hang with my friends. I really want to grow up.
When I was in eighth grade, I was asked if I wanted the Regents Diploma or the Advanced Regents Diploma. Me being me, of course I said I wanted the Advanced Regents Diploma. This post is for students in NYS who want to know the secrets behind getting an advanced diploma. First, you should note that the only real difference between the two Diplomas is what classes the student takes. Here are the differences between the two diplomas (well, at least at my school):
- Only take Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and math 3
- Only need to take 1 science class with a regents for ex. biology or earth science
- Only need to take 1 foreign language class
Advanced Regents Diploma
- Need to take geometry and common core advanced algebra
- Need to take 2 science classes that have the science regents
- Need to take 3 foreign language classes
In order to get either regents, you need to complete 30 volunteer hours and receive 22.5 credits.
Last night, I got my report card. While I was tearing the envelope I could not help but feel a little nervous to see my algebra/trigonometry regents grade. I knew if I did not pass my regents I would not be getting the advanced diploma when I graduate in June 2018. Luckily, I will not be retaking the regents in August because I passed! Here are my final grades for the 2016-2017 school year: CC Advanced Algebra Skills- 92, CC Advanced Algebra- 87, English 11- 93, US History- 99, Environmental Science- 97, RTS B- 99, BKKG/ACCT 1- 97 and Piano- 96. I am pleased to say that I finished my junior year of high school with a 96 average! I am very excited to be starting my senior year of high school in a couple of months.
A few weeks ago, the Academic Honors Reception where I received a Honor Certificate in recognition of my scholastic achievement and two scholarships took place. Of course, I will never use the scholarships from R.I.T and Hobart and William Smith Colleges because I never once thought of attending those two schools, but I guess it is nice to be recognized for something. I just wished that I received a scholarship from a school that I want to attend/can attend. Throughout my senior year, I will be doing numerous scholarships in hopes that something great will come out of it. Since this blog was created to document my whole high school experience/post graduation, I will make sure that everything that occurs during senior year will be up on this blog. If anyone is actually reading this, I want them to know the reality behind being a senior.