Weapon # 1: High School Grades
More often than not, you will only realize how important your studies are when you start applying for college in your fourth year of high school. It’s that terrifying “Oh no!” moment when you discover your grades aren’t high enough to get you into the school you want. In most universities, they don’t even consider your fourth year grades anymore. So even if you study your brains off in your final year—uh oh, too late! The numbers are already etched in your report cards forever! What’s the moral lesson? Sometimes skipping your favorite TV show to study for a chem exam may actually be worth it. Good academic standing is a powerful weapon that can dictate the next four or five years of your life! Already in senior year? Do your younger sibs a favor and show this article to them so they can GET SERIOUS AS EARLY AS NOW!
Remember that you are competing against around three million high school seniors all over the Philippines for limited slots in each university. Obviously, the higher your grades, the more chances of “winning” the school you want. But which grades are we talking about here? We’re talking about the major subjects—Math, English, Filipino, Science, and Araling Panlipunan or Social Studies. Although we know how important physical fitness is, your high PE grades aren’t exactly what universities are looking for. And you can’t just have high grades for one quarter. There has to be consistency, or a trend of improvement. Erratic grades imply that you aren’t really serious about studying, according to UA&P Admissions Director, Anthony David.
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