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Hey Girls! Be Smart, Not Stupid! - Hub 5 - School

Updated on February 6, 2010


The content of this chaptered article of information is intended to enlighten and encourage young girls by promoting mentally and emotionally healthy attitudes in preparation for adulthood.

The content is written for general knowledge and is not meant to replace or supercede parental or professional guidance.

Any words you read that you don’t understand…look them up in the dictionary! It will help expand your vocabulary. Oh, and when you are finished... read it all over again!

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When you are very young your future is something that you don’t really think about. When you are in 7th grade you are probably not thinking about your future past the next summer vacation! Then you get excited about going to the 8th grade!

Well, consider this… Going to 8th grade means Jr. High School. By then you have already been in school for at least 8 years. Do those years seem to have gone by fast? Probably. So consider this, the rest of your life will pass by just as fast. Good planning will lessen the amount of time you waste wondering where did the time go!

School is most important at this time. The education you receive in high school truly provides a foundation for later life. You must be able to read, write, calculate, and certainly THINK. There will be no way around it. Unless you want to be considered stupid, you need to learn it all.

Take notes during classes to help you remember the topics discussed. Ask your teacher questions. Pay attention! If you worry about coming off as a nerd or not being cool in front of your friends and classmates just think of this…When you grow up and have bills to pay (and you will) are THEY going to be there to support you? Are THEY going to be there to help you figure out your budget so you can make ends meet? Are THEY going to be in college with you to help you pass? NO they are not! The true friend will understand and should actually be doing the same thing to assure learning the subjects, or you can set the example and encourage others to take their education seriously. You cannot grow up to be an independent adult if you aren’t going to learn your high school subjects.

Take time to study after school everyday. Don’t put a time limit on studying. Review the notes taken each day, do your homework…oh, without the TV or music playing. Kids who study that way can’t possibly concentrate. Study until you feel you understand the information and if you are having difficulty, ask your parents to help you or make a note to ask your teacher the next day.

Remember these two things…you want to be smart not stupid and good students have a much better chance to grow up to be successful adults. And being a good student doesn’t always mean getting straight A’s. It’s your desire to learn and understand the intention of each subject that makes for a good student and having this attitude will assure you a passing grade. It’s up to you to be determined to get your education. You have to get it!

Start considering what you may want to do after high school. You may not know exactly at this point what you want to be when you grow up, but a higher education should be a no-brainer. Again a reason you will need to learn your subjects in high school, so you can make it through the next level of schooling that you choose.

There will be many choices for you to consider regarding higher education. Your parents and school guidance counselor will be most helpful to talk to about your future plans. Just set it in your mind that you will be pursuing further education after high school. For some of you you’ll worry about having the money to pay for such dreams, but remember the old saying…”where there is a will there is a way”! It can be done, and it is done every day! There is plenty of financial help available for you.

Continuing education after high school should be career driven. There are many options for post-secondary educations. Consider what you want to do, research the education you will need to do that work, and then make a plan. When you have an idea of a career choice try to use high school electives that will relate to what you want to do, and give yourself a head start. Such as - if you want to work in banking, take all of the math classes you can. If you want to be a doctor or nurse, take biology and chemistry.

Making a good plan and following that plan will be your key to success!


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      GoGranny 5 years ago from Southeastern PA

      Hi and thanks for your comment. I wasn't saying such situations don't exit or are wrong. I was saying it shouldn't be used as an excuse to not try to do well in life. Everyone is an individual, and living by the expectations of others breeds resentment and unhappiness.

      All the Best!!


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      Small-town student 5 years ago

      You say this is a non-issue, but where I live and attend high school most girls think about careers, but expect to "have a job", marry, have kids, and become stay-at-home moms. The atmosphere of work until you, a female, marry and have kids has not left America. (and, P.S.,I know smart girls who have dumbed themselves done to fit in.)

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Great hub! The only foundation to socioeconomic success at the middle class level and beyond is to be a good student beginning at the elementary school level. Grades are of utmost importance. Tertiary educational institutions do not accept anything less than a B plus these days, so the higher a student's grade point index, the better the student will be. Girls are smart and should be encouraged to excel in school. However, I believe this to be a nonissue since I was encourage vehemently by my parents to always achieve and in the 1960s and 1970s with the advent of feminism, this is a nonissue so it is tacit that girls are expected to achieve high academic success in school and to have a career, not a job.