PISCATAWAY, NJ — With a new year of learning underway, some Piscataway High School seniors presented their virtual workshop, “How to Survive High School” to offer advice for success in high school.

Tuesday’s program was facilitated by Piscataway Teen Services Librarians, Kate-Lynn Brown and Erica Krivopal. The panel of PHS Senior presenters included Kaitlyn Liu, Asia McAllister, Ohm Patel, and Koleby Royston who discussed how incoming high school students can be successful with all the classes and activities that are available to them.

“Taking Advance Placement (AP) courses can help you save money and time in college,” said Kaitlyn Liu to the middle school and high school students who logged into the Zoom video call. “Start studying for the ACT/SAT early, and try to take 2 -3 practice tests. The beginning of your Junior year is a good time to start.”

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The librarians reminded program participants of the test prep resources available for free at the Piscataway Public Library including an ACT/SAT strategy session on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Asia McAllister focused on the importance of maintaining good relationships with teachers and how students should take advantage of extra credit opportunities which could help their grades. 

“It’s like having life insurance,” said McAllister.

“Don’t be discouraged if you get a bad grade... learn from your mistakes,” recommended Ohm Patel. “Also, don’t be afraid to speak up, share your ideas, and take on some leadership roles when possible.”

Panelist Koleby Royston noted that students should try to join clubs that relate to their interests or career paths.

“Use your freshmen year to try out different clubs to find out what you like, but remember it’s better to show your commitment rather than multiplicity,” said Royston.

The senior panelists offered other tips for navigating high school including being persistent, having a positive mindset, knowing oneself and what one can handle, and surrounding oneself with friends who are supportive and positive.

For descriptions of the clubs available to students at Piscataway High School, click here. Students should reach out to club advisors if they have any questions.

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