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  A BUCKET LIST FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR
 
By: Gracie Hedrick, Texas FFA Ethical Leadership Fellow
September 15, 2016

 
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High school juniors are often overlooked. Everyone gets excited about becoming a “fish”, or counting down the days until graduation. However, as a junior most feel thrown into the mix.  You have a lot of big dreams, but are not sure how to make them happen. You don’t know where life will take you. But junior year is big!  It is going to be a busy few months, but there is something you cannot forget. As a FFA member and now an upperclassman, your peers are looking up to you.  This leadership bucket list will hopefully give you a boost of confidence and enhance your “bag of leadership tricks.”

Show a New Student Around 

Do you remember how intimidating it was to walk through the front door of high school on your first day? Help a new student find their classes. It is a great opportunity to serve, it also could provide you the chance to bring up the FFA to a perspective new member. 

Sign Up for a Service Project 

Maybe your town does a park clean-up, a car wash or volunteers at the local fire station. Whatever it is, seize the day and find a way to serve. 

FFA Contests 

Try a new FFA contest! During LDE season branch out and try something you have no experience in. Creed Speaking, Public Relations, Quiz, etc. This list is infinite. Challenging yourself will strengthen your leadership skills.

Journal 

Write down the good things that happen to you, and record some of the nice things you do for others. Take pictures and cherish the moments and adventures life takes you on. 

You Time

Take some time for you. Do not become overly-stressed during the school year. Try to set aside a few moments each day to take a deep breath and do something that makes you happy and relaxed. Good leaders take time to think about their actions and plan their next step. 

Junior year is a time to cement all of the things you have learned during your first couple of years in high school. The time is now to figure out exactly what you value in life, what composes you as a person and a leader, and what are those non-negotiable traits and characteristics that will carry you forward. Utilize these exercises to help you truly identify those values, and make a difference! 

Have a great year!
 
 
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