Summer Journal Ideas for High School Freshmen Sophomores Juniors and Seniors

High school is as much a greater discipline than grade school as it is an opportune preparation for college or good old fashioned labor. College-bound high school students have just as much incentive as the non-college bound crowd to have good reasons to journal, the presumption being that each one has a career ahead. Journalling offers just the thing to show to attest how well thought-out that existing plans were, once looking back of what has become the scene of the crime for a large number of Americans now in debt for large sums of money or otherwise in serious trouble financially. In this way it’s not unusual to turn to a summer journal in order to confirm where one was in fact, on the off chance that one could be misremembered. 

Documenting one’s life were one of various possible efforts for staying out of trouble. And knowing is half the battle. There were more passive gains, such as staying out of trouble with oneself, and then there were more active ways such as seeing that one has accounted for one’s whereabouts and people whom one was with at the time, just in case the clock of fate were to toll without recognizing all the good karma, the good deeds that one has tried in sincerity or earnest with what to see what one were getting into so consequentially regarding lifestyle.

There really are some comforts to knowing that one has left a own paper trail and really tried to be honest for the benefit that honesty holds so that later there could be a clear show of what sort of opportunities that were lacking and what were done about those once the planned sustainable career were already underway.

It’s not easy. For some of us, six classes per days is so boring and so dull that it may seem wasted if one isn’t trying to meet the challenge with subsistence in mind. Nonetheless, journalling offers an investment for the trouble, being something that one has complete control over rout any idea of not being worthwhile.

Going to college needs to be what the high school student foresees so that disillusionment early on does not lead to dropping out during the course. Going to the wrong college that sadly is not equipped with anticipated gains for the student, even if a functional machine that churns out degrees and accreditation for graduates in the specific field of interest, qualifies as as matter of paramount importance. By the freshman year, there should be a parallel not only in matters of high school curriculum but also in terms of what it enables one do once accepted to college and taking the first round of courses. Additionally, specific sorts of resources will be considerable once enough thought has gone into the proper education that shall meet intended student criteria and that may complete the student’s college dream to the letter.


With that — and journalling — in mind, consider looking for “college friends” who share similar interests and expertise in addition to professionals whom actually have accomplishments admired personally in the area of study selected for pursuit. How do you expect to find them? Where can you get together? Where do you think you shouldn’t go to keep focused on completing your curriculum? This is not necessarily a bad way to spend one’s Freshman preoccupations. In cases of a new technology or profitable area of expertise, should you want to pursue any cutting edge, professionals may benefit from having new potential lined up. They are not looking at “replacements” but rather at branching out or at a natural course of retirement where the job must go on. Do you think that you would be better off following blindly or consulting anyone who comes along as to whether you can get exactly what you want? Would you compromise along the way and why? Social experiences with one’s questions and answers that collects the best enthusiasm and reiterates intentional achievements and skill boosts may fit the high school freshman’s summer journal well.

Non-college bound freshmen may want to consider where the competitive labor skills will come from and what lifestyle awaits, better or worse than the present one.


Probably vital for the student and accessibly practical to the sophomore is the ability to see oneself performing a job – any specific job – related to the one that is sought for college credit. Dreaming up tasks that one would like to undertake as part of one’s career would make an excellent journal topic in preparation for any career. We’ll never reach the end of need for entrepreneurs, so if it is profitable it is always a good idea to put it in writing. Just be sure that no one else but yourself is going to read it if it may be vital to future plans for earning a responsible share of what your labors have gone into producing.

Non-college bound sophomores may find some usefulness in journalling about hobbies that can be profitable apart from the means of subsistence already planned.


Another important topic should be to do a thorough inquiry as to schools that have specific, desirable resources aboard. Consider their number or popularity as well as their value to the specific career or profession objective up for consideration that may translate into higher pay and greater demand for one’s services or even one’s company. A college junior needs to know for sure that what one wants does or can exist and should be fast approaching realization of one’s gain of expertise, delicious for a vital grasp of what to do with it. It’s all about getting to practice out of theory. Sometimes one’s sought employer can become a welcoming friend willing to further one’s success if performance is dedicated to the goals of the mutual endeavor. Visionaries want specific results and will have no permanent employ as such, producing work that will be evaluated and gain attention based on its merits and necessarily some degree of hands-on marketing skills. Visionaries tend to seek an autonomous role in various projects and can technically handle all aspects of any specific job, whether choosing to do all the work or not.

Non-college bound juniors could benefit by journalling about any plans for supporting a family of two or more and explaining how much money earned must, in any case, go to pay certain bills or even rent and insurance. Do you plan to move with your job and/or bike to work or spend modest amounts of money on transportation, insurance, personal injuries, and mechanical repairs? If you plan to farm crops then what reliable form of transportation do you plan to use?

HS Seniors

Fourth, with the senior in mind, a summer journal should be leading up to build on the idea of the recommended sophomore journal above, complete with a sands-of-time fermenting of the basic idea of what to produce that will be so exciting and fun for matching one’s intended major and bachelor’s degree (the first, traditional 4-year college degree). Having a prototype plan for what sort of term paper that one wants to see through or be known for having published may give one constant focus by what to select college course offerings and may even be inspiration for following through during tough times where discouragement might be enough to buck other students. Specifics may take into consideration specific educational institutions, actual professors at specific colleges known for certain areas of expertise, long-distance friends interested and in achieving similar goals (demonstrated ASAP), what is possible having read the curriculum for the degree, and the reasons for why projecting one’s own motive and specific ideas shall suffice and apply in four to six years.

If the student is undecided, then doing an inventory of skills and interests and considering what one may be cut out for in the long-term should be plenty to consider for a summer journal.

As for high school non-college bound students, it’s probably a good time to journal about a fallback plan in the event that any single, major dream does not work out due to unforeseen events.

And all students may also benefit by spending the summer writing about ways to pocket savings continuously and accumulate value in a stable investment account that won’t be touched without making a major strategic move.

Yes, that’s got to be a lot for any college student to consider after others have long gotten burned-out on college thinking, regretting that better planning was needed. But with the number of college dropouts and far too many exciting ways to dilute enthusiasm, charging ahead at full mast suggests something of an attitude that can’t be beat. And so, getting to know and to practice the basics early on will get one ready to do research and write the well end-noted (or foot-noted) papers that will be like junk food and Ramen Noodle Week towards another pizza party weekend called thesis.

Get anything but discouraged. Summer journals but the idea of their purpose shall be your pet for a long time and will need their own share of care and nurture if they are to become valuable to look back upon.