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How should I organize my time as a junior in high school? Should I be actively trying to intern at different places?

I am a junior in high school and do not participate in a lot of extracurricular activities. #high-school #high-school-students #internships

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Serena’s Answer

Hi Shi,
Time management is a skill that is essential to succeed in life in the long run,
Now is a great time to start to list out your priorities and aspirations -
Then plan your schedule around it to enable your goal achievements.

Once you discover your areas of interest or future career aspirations,
Look for extra curricular activities that can help to hone your skills in that area,
Or offer you connections with people working in that area,
So you can gain valuable connections when you want to land an internship or a job in the future.

I would not recommend you to apply for internships for the sake of it,
You should prioritize your time between studies, meaningful extra curricular activities and rest;
Participate in internships that match your aspirations to be a step closer to your eventual goal.

Good luck!

Regards,
Serena
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Jessica Sera’s Answer

Hi Shi,

There are many ways to organize your time as a junior in high school. An internship would be a terrific opportunity that would provide practical experience and will help to build your skills. However, having an internship is not the only way you can spend your time.

For example, there are numerous extracurricular activities you can join. Have you thought about what you are interested in? For example, if you like art, you can join an art club. Or, if you like sports, you can try out for the sports team. I think it is important to think about your interests, but also feel free to try something new! Your time in high school is hugely about exploring your interests, learning new skills, and preparing you for success in college. It sounds like you may be interested in applying for an internship or taking part in extracurricular activities, and by all means, I encourage you to try them out!

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon thank you for the thoughtful answer! I appreciate everyone answering. Shi
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Samantha’s Answer

Hi Shi. Interning is a great way to add to your resume and gain real world experience, and I'd definitely recommend it if you have the time. However, I recognize it may be difficult to secure an internship at your age. Even if you can't find an internship, there's great value in working a part-time job or volunteering, no matter how simple it may seem. Colleges and employers like to see applicants with a strong work ethic, and having an internship or a part-time job can help demonstrate your willingness to work hard. Additionally, colleges may be a bit more willing to look past the fact that you aren't involved in many extracurricular activities if you can still demonstrate that you were filling your time with productive and engaging actives (such as a job, an internship, or volunteer work).
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Sirlei’s Answer

Hi Shi,

The last couple of years of high school are definitely important. I believe it's critical that you think about what would look good on your resume as you apply for colleges.
Internships in the field you want to study, part-time job to show you are a responsible individual with good time management, and maintaining good grades are all great things to show and talk about.

Best of luck!
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Ruben’s Answer

I echo what other responders have pointed out, the last years of high school are extremely important. You should aim at completing some high school courses that also provide college credits which will help you advance your career path. Also, any extracurricular leadership activities that you can participate will help you develop essential skills that can later on be used in college and in the workplace.

If you have the time and flexibility to participate in an internship that is aligned with your long-term career interests you should definitely pursue it. Please remember that there might some age limitations as companies may not be able to engage a minor in certain types of work for certain amount of time. The benefit of internship is that it may lead to a full time position during and after college.
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Tianna’s Answer

Getting an internship while you are in high school is a great way to get real-world experience in a profession that you know you are interested in, but it's not the only way to use your time. The most important thing to remember when you are deciding how to spend your time, is to continue exploring activities and experiences that bring you joy and that challenge you. This will help you discover what you really enjoy and maybe what you don't enjoy too, and you will get so much more out of the experience.
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