How to have a “hot girl” school year


Amber Roldan

For the first time since March 13, 2020, NC boasts a full student population. A highly anticipated return to face-to-face learning came with a learning curve for a multitude of students. To achieve a productive school year students must adapt to the realities of in-person learning once again. Staying organized, remaining positive, studying, and having fun will ensure success and allow teenagers to look back on their high school careers with nothing but admiration.

Amber Roldan, Editor-in-Chief

Coined by hip hop star, Megan Thee Stallion, the infamous term “Hot Girl Summer” quickly became a staple vocabulary word for teenagers and young adults across the nation. Although originally associated and juxtaposed with the season of summer, young Americans widely embraced the term translating it to multiple aspects of daily life.

“Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically you, having fun, being confident, living your truth, and being the life of the party,” Hot Girl Summer artist, Megan Thee Stallion said.

Megan’s advocacy for “hot girls” radiates positivity while simultaneously encouraging women to strive towards the best version of themselves. Incorporating these self-love ideas into the 2021-2022 school year will allow NC students to reach their full academic potential.

Step 1: Stay Organized

Organization constitutes the first step in any successful endeavor. Attaining a tangible or virtual agenda or planner for the 2021-22 school year will allow students to easily keep track of important deadlines, due dates, and extracurricular activities. Procrastination constitutes the arch nemesis of numerous high school students. Keeping a neat planner with important dates and to-do lists will ultimately weaken the inevitable force of procrastination.

“When trying to balance school extracurriculars and other events in life, having a planner gives me one place to look at everything at once. This helps me organize and prioritize everything in my schedule,” NC magnet senior, Angelina Sisouphahn said.

Step 2: Cultivate a Positive Environment 

Maintaining an optimistic attitude on a daily basis can result in a more beneficial, enjoyable, and efficient school year. Creating friendly and respectful relationships with teachers will exponentially benefit students throughout the school year. Kindling relationships and establishing connections allows students to ask questions and reach out for help or advice without feeling judged. Cultivating positive relationships with peers and classmates remains equally essential. Unlike preceding school years, group work once again becomes a staple activity in classrooms across NC’s campus. Positive relationships with classmates will remove the awkward tension usually associated with group projects.

Step 3: Complete Homework

No high schooler exudes admiration for homework, however, the inevitable occurrence remains crucial to have a “hot girl school year”. Not completing homework will result in lower grades and missed opportunities. Although sometimes tedious, homework allows students to expand their realm of knowledge in a specific subject. Completing homework allows students to master the topics they study daily.

Step 4: Study, Study, Study

Similar to completing homework, high schoolers abhor studying. Unfortunately, studying becomes a key component in executing a “hot girl school year”. Creating a study schedule will allow students to refine their time management skills and prepare for various tests and quizzes. In addition to preparing students for exams, studying strengthens the brain. BetterYou discerned that reading for merely 30 minutes every day improves brain health.

Step 5: Have Fun 

Students will not achieve a “hot girl school year” without having fun. Students must balance academics with social outings, hobbies, and extracurriculars. Weighing oneself down in books and drowning in school work every day will hinder one’s happiness. Finding a glimpse of joy in each school day will improve students’ mindsets allowing them to efficiently epitomize and execute a “hot girl school year”.

Although the term “hot girl” eagerly awaits its dictionary debut, Americans continue to embrace the term while confidently reaching their full potential. NC students who follow these steps to having a “hot girl school year” can join music idol, Megan Thee Stallion, in her mission to spread the “hot girl” mindset across the nation.