Getting back to school

back to school

Going back to school can be a big shift, but it is also an opportunity to make some positive changes.

Getting back to school is a stressful time for most students. It is hard to get enough that we are not even adjusted to the sleep schedules and various commitments that come along with school, especially high school.

It can even harder as a refugee to get the full high school experience, and you may feel that you will miss out.

Here are a few tips for going back to school. These 3 tips will help you to start the year right. Using some or all of these tips in your high school journey will make it easier.

1. Prioritize school

When going back to school, it is important to stay focused on why you are there. We must not forget that we need to go to school. Education is the great equalizer, and if you get a good education you will be afforded a good life. I truly believe that if you set a good foundation now ,the future will be easier. Make sure to stay focused on everything you want to accomplish. Never lose sight of who you want to become, because that will guide you throughout high school.

2. Find your crowd

I can’t even begin to express how important this is: you have to find the right friends. Your friends are a direct reminder as to who you are and your many attributes. If you want to go far, then surround yourself with people who will believe in you and uplift your hopes and ambitions. If you are around people that believe in you then, you will definitely go far.

You are not doing yourself any good if you stick around people who are negative. It is all about those who are around you and who you choose to associate with. After all, life is about choices and your choices make up a great deal of your character. So make great choices!

3. Discover things that interest you and pursue them!

I am a strong advocate for extracurriculars, especially ones that interest you. At the end of the day, you have to be passionate about something if you are going to do it. If you are already into a sport, then pursue it, and try a new one. If you are not currently into a sport or extracurricular activity, then try to choose something you like to do when you go back to school. The only way that you can do that is by trying new things.

I really do believe that it is important to be involved in things that you are passionate about. You are responsible for your own high school experience. Really it is what you make it, so make it great!

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About Asukulu S.
Asukulu Songolo lives in Portland, Oregon with his wonderful Congolese family. Attends Central Catholic High School, where he is a sophomore. He is a blossoming activist who is focused on immigrant, refugee, and human rights; as well as Pan-African rights. His current projects include curating an art exhibition based on Pan-African unity, an African student group working to provide educational equity for African students, and a non-profit focused on mobilizing African youth with educational support, in order to nourish their positions as future leaders. Asukulu aspirations include becoming a social entrepreneur, writer, and international diplomat/activist.