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Is it too late to turn my high school career for the better?
Hi, I'm currently a sophomore in high school and I'm worried that I'm not well-rounded or prepared enough for college. I feel like I'm just wasting all my time not volunteering or helping out my local community, especially on the weekends when I have time. I'm only really involved in a small creative writing club at school with my friends and the only significant extracurriculars that I do are cross country and track, which I've been doing since last year. I get good grades (I have, like a 3.95 GPA?) and I'm in some honors/AP classes, but I tend to procrastinate a lot gaming on my phone or scrolling through social media and I waste a lot of my already limited time that could have gone to doing homework or at least something that would round me out better as a student.
Is it too late to change my current lifestyle and habits to better my high school career? Am I not well-rounded enough for college with what I'm doing? My counselor says I have a really strong academic record already with the classes I've been taking and the grades I've been getting in them. However, I feel like I've just been wasting away a lot of my life and going through the motions not really doing anything. I do genuinely being able to run cross country and track, but I feel like in a lot of my academic classes I'm just doing the bare minimum when I know I can do a lot better. I want to be able to do something fun and be in more clubs/societies or school activities that I think I'll enjoy like a lot of the smart, talented kids I know so I can get accepted into the universities I'm thinking about going to. But I'm worried that starting to do some activities that I'm interested in doing during junior year -- which will surely be the most difficult year of high school for me, as I'll be taking 4 APs -- will not look good on my college application because I started doing this kind of stuff late and will cause me extra stress on top of what I already have. I feel so guilty for just having wasted nearly half of my high school years not really living the prime of my life.