It may differ from person to person, but that's how I am mastering my educational live:
Set up MY
own goals I have to reach (The important thing is, that those goals have to be your goals, not the ones of your family or anyone else)
One the one hand side I got a plan, maybe it can be called work in progress blueprint of my live
plan-A, which is targetting my life in 10 years (For example what I want to do/work etc).
Of course it differs from time to time, but it's a guideline I am following.
On the other side, I got a plan-B that targerts the near future. For example, be good enough in school to be able to go to the university you want and to study what you want or whatever you want to do. Plan-B is also some kind of backup related to the values of the society and you might don't need it for your plan-A (In most cases they overlap, if they don't, you may should think about plan-B again) , but in my case plan-A is connected with setting up a company, so it can't be really planed.
In addition, always give your best at start of anything, if you have to get an B to go to the university you want to go, go for an A (grades, not plan-A or plan-B) until you are sure, you will make it. At that point, I always start to work on plan-A or whatever I want because I know I will reach B
Why do I need B if I could just work on A. You never know what future brings and going for just one thing isn't a good idea (Maybe in some cases, but in most not). In my case I am studying physics as B (absolutely interesting but I don't want work as a typic (not sure if typic is the right word in that case) physicist - indeed most physic sudents won't work as a typic physicist after graduating). Maybe that will change in the future, but that major combines information I need for A and some stuff I am interested in.
One more important thing I learnt: If you have to chance to work on something you like as a team in school or university just go for it. Projects at home are a lot of fun and may be worth it, but you will meet a lot of interesting and helpfull people in those workgroups
Thanks a bunch Kev. It's a strange thing, growing up. It's coming a lot faster than I expected it...
Don't worry, if you go to university and don't have a lazy course you will become extremely fast older
To sum it up:
Work to reach your goals you have to reach and work hard on your trophy in a team