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If you could go back to High School what is one thing you would change or do differently?

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RAVI’s Answer

I am not sure if all high schools across the country do this or not. Here in our local high school they teach Physics one year and Chemistry in another year and Bio in a different year. So you learn something at a high rate and volume and then forget about it. There is no gradual learning. I It is a huge step to leap high and then you are just let down all the way to the bottom.

By the time you take SATs, particularly subject SATs, you would have forgotten most of it.
More over, when you are in college in any of the science programs, you are a big loss in subjects you studied the earliest.

There is absolutely no continuity of education between middle school and high school and is also leading to huge discontinuity from high school to college.

I am not sure why the high school does that. May be it is the convenience of scheduling, convenience of the teachers, or something else. But it is definitely not in the best interest of the students, their careers in STEM.

Just for disclosure: I did not go to this high school. My two daughters did go to this school and had to struggle a lot.

I really like to see all high schools have Physics, Chemistry, and Biology taught every years, in smaller volumes and right pace to maintain continuity, to make it easier for students to have that continuity in learning than "start stop" mode.
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Bill’s Answer

A couple of thoughts on this question. First thought is to enjoy your high school years. Hard to do perhaps but don't get up caught up in just the academics. They're important but don't let that consume all your time. Which leads to my second thought which is to diversify - participate in all parts of high school to include the extracurricular "stuff". Join teams or clubs, go to games, attend social functions (e.g., dances). Expanding your horizons beyond the books not only helps make you more rounded and better equipped socially but it's all of those things you can add to your college and/or job application. Colleges & employers are now looking beyond GPA when reviewing potential students or employees.
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Morgain’s Answer

Some advice I would give is to know that it's more impactful on college applications to be involved in different sports and clubs than to have a perfect GPA! While it's important to keep your grades up (in my house we weren't allowed to have anything below a B-), I'm glad I chose sports and debate and summer programs instead of National Honors Society or trying to get As in every class. Also, it was way more fun that way!
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Paul’s Answer

I can say without a doubt I would have studied harder and gotten better grades. I didn't push myself like I do now and if I had adopted that mindset earlier in life, I would have benefited greatly.
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Anthony’s Answer

Hey Luke,

Great question. Personally, I would not change a thing. I enjoyed every moment of high school. I would like to relive it all over again.

What about you?
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