Nevada State High School is among the best in Nevada, and my time there has helped me to grow and prepare for my future. The school presents unique opportunities and experiences that many high schoolers do not have. The ability to take college classes in high school will make the transition much easier when I move away and start taking classes at a university after graduation.
NSHS has also supplied students with knowledge along the way to ease our transition both into college and into adulthood. In Study Skills and Transitions seminars, teachers have instructed us in useful skills like study tactics, goal planning, and time management. These are all vital to succeeding in college. Using these basic tools, I have been able to develop systems that work for me personally and will aid me in being successful throughout my entire life. Multiple Transitions sessions have also been dedicated to helping students learn about ourselves, our personalities, and how we work with other people. This has been surprisingly helpful to me. After all, how can we work effectively with others if we don’t even know ourselves? For example, I know that I am a chronic procrastinator, which is a problem for obvious reasons. However, discovering this has enabled me to explore methods to combat procrastination, such as planning breaks and setting early goals for myself. Learning about how I work with other people has helped me to work better in group projects. I know that I am a good scheduler and speaker, but I am not great with technology, so in a group I know which aspects of the project I can best contribute to.
Many Transitions and Study Skills sessions have also been dedicated to teaching students skills that have more to do with life than with school. For example, we have learned about finances, professionalism, and how to be successful in an interview. The finances sessions taught us about student loans, how much college actually costs beyond tuition, and how to manage an account. All of these skills are absolutely vital, yet many high school students are never even taught the basics. Professionalism involves learning how to present ourselves respectably in various situations. Again, most students never learn this! How are students supposed to transition into an adult world if we are not taught how to conduct ourselves? Finally, the most important thing I have learned in Transitions is how to be successful in an interview. Interviews determine a student’s education, job, and eventually career — you could even say that interviews decide our future. My new knowledge of interview skills has enabled me to feel prepared for future interviews and to help friends who have not had the opportunity to learn these skills. I believe my time spent at Nevada State High School has granted me knowledge that will be valuable both now and far into my future.