Advice Column

Responses to your most-requested questions!

Sanjana Chava and Nyla Libed

Is senior year harder or easier than junior year?

The answer to this question depends on multiple factors. For example, if you end up taking more AP or CHS classes during your Junior year than your Senior year, then your Junior year would be considerably more difficult. Also, if you decide, like most students, to take your SAT or ACT during Junior year, it could be harder for you to manage your time studying for those tests. However, the beginning of Senior year also consists of applying to colleges and completing applications for scholarships. The application process can be incredibly stressful and Seniors are usually scrambling to finish their college essays. After the application process, Seniors have a relatively calm second semester, depending on their class schedule. Seniors still have to attend college interviews and do well in their classes, but their second semester GPA does not play a major role in their chances of being accepted at a college. As you can see, there are many differences between Senior year and Junior year, and the question of which is harder depends on the way you schedule your tests and classes.


Is it possible to actually get a good night’s sleep?

Believe it or not, it is actually possible to get a good night’s sleep. Many students have irregular sleep schedules and the amount of sleep they get depends on various conditions. The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to plan ahead. Set a time to go to bed at, so you get at least 8-9 hours of sleep, and stick with it. Stay away from electronics as you near your bedtime since the blue light from screens messes with the hormones that induce sleep. Sticking with your sleep schedule will benefit both your mental and physical health.


People always say you need to have a boyfriend/ girlfriend in high school. What are your thoughts on high school relationships?

To answer this question, I present some statistics. According to Brandongaille, high school sweethearts that get married while still teenagers only have a 54% chance of having their marriage last 10 years. High school sweethearts that wait until at least the age of 25 to get married have a 10-year success rate of 78%. Only 19% of people who marry their high school sweethearts attend college. 14% of couples had met in school. And a whopping 2% of marriages are actually to a high school sweetheart.

So no, I do not believe that you need to have a boyfriend/girlfriend in high school. Love takes time to find, and it’s best not to rush into it.


Do you have any tips to help me stop procrastinating?

I struggle with this issue as well, so you’re definitely not alone. However, my advice would be to pace yourself. Set deadlines for yourself, establish a sense of urgency. Reward yourself every time you meet your own deadline. Just take baby steps, get a little bit done at a time so you don’t feel like you’re rushing to get stuff done at the end.