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Author: Katrielle Soussana

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Katrielle Soussana is a student in North Carolina who has a passion for learning and helping others. She plans to pursue a career in STEM. She has her own blog, www.sagacity.space which is about education and school.

Posted May 7, 2019, 5:57 p.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments
Taking the SAT

With hours and hours of drills and practice and repetition, preparing for the SAT can be grueling on top of an already-packed schedule. In the middle of high school, we’re supposed to prep for and successfully take the SAT in order to get a result — a number — that tells colleges whether we are prepared for the academic rigor of university. But, like me, many students may have wondered if it can really measure our readiness for college. Is it actually an outdated system that’s used to generalize students into a rank when intelligence and readiness looks different from ...

Posted March 7, 2019, 8 a.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an international education system that in the United States spans the last two years of secondary education – junior and senior year. There are many components to the IBDP curriculum, but in this post, I want to provide a balanced look into the life of an IBDP student in high school and hopefully help any readers decide if it’s the right path for them. But before I do this, I want to explain a little about the circumstances behind my IB education. My high school is a new IB World School and I am ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2019, 8 a.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments
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Writing this, I feel the pull of drowsiness at the corners of my mind. I slept only 5 1/2 hours last night – no wonder I feel so tired. My relationship with sleep has evolved and hit many obstacles over my 3½ years of high school. In addition to eating well and regularly exercising, getting enough sleep at night is paramount to maintaining your overall health. Teenagers need eight to 10 hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Seems reasonable, right? Maybe it is, for a teenager living under the right circumstances. However, leading up to ...

Posted April 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments
5 Tips to Keep Motivated in High School

As students, we all know how hard it is to stay motivated and get good grades in school. So, sometimes we get stressed out. As a result, we get complacent about schoolwork. If, like me, you’re someone for whom academics are going to be important for your future, then you can’t afford to become complacent. If you don’t want to lose focus on your school work, then I have a very important piece of advice. It’s from my father, who is very important to me. He says, you can either work really hard right now in high school and college ...

Posted March 4, 2016, 9 a.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments
9 Reasons to Read Even If It’s Not Assigned

Not everyone likes to read, and that likely stems from being forced to read books that you don’t want to in school. But, if you read on your own and for your own enjoyment, then maybe it’ll make school reading less painful! If you find one good book that you love, it might be the gateway into the genre that you’ll enjoy best. And there are more at least nine more reasons to pick up a book on your own: 1. It’s fun! Reading is an enjoyable, free entertainment, and you get to use your singular, unique imagination! You just ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments

Having a good relationship with a teacher is important, especially if you want to have a good classroom and learning experience. Sometimes it can be hard to be nice to a teacher who you don’t particularly like, but it’s important to make an effort. Here are seven ways you can create good relationships with your teachers. 1. Be nice. Smile at them and say “hi” if you see them in the hallways. Maybe you can even offer to help them with something. If you show that you’re a good person, they may warm up to you quickly and make the ...