I’m about to finish up my last year of high school in about a month and while I know most people on this site have already graduated high school or are currently in high school, I thought I would still share some of the little things I learned throughout the past four years.
1. You should always take the more challenging class. Take the classes that you know you’re going to have to work hard in, you’ll end up learning SOMETHING. Trust me, the easy classes are only fun for the first semester and once you’re flying through your work and you’re bored, you’re going to wish you had taken something more stimulating.
2. No one cares what you wear, especially not on test days. Personally, I like to have the best of both worlds when it comes to style and comfort but over the past few years I’ve noticed that no one really pays attention to the clothing you wear. Think about it, can you remember what anyone you hung out with was wearing a week ago? Also, on test days it’s always important to be comfortable that way you can focus all your attention on the test rather than on how annoying your clothing is.
3. A little bit of stress is a normal thing. You’re bound to be a little stressed out about something at some point. That could be stress about a project, an upcoming test, a presentation, etc. A little bit of stress is normal!!
4. You don’t have to attend everything that you’re invited to. You might end up getting invited to birthday parties and just general parties or to random outings with people you know but if you don’t want to accept the invitation, you don’t have to. Your friends should be understanding enough to accept your rejection of the invitation. Another thing is, you don’t have to have a reason for declining. You don’t have to say, “Oh I can’t, I have a family thing.” or “I can’t go, I have too much homework.” You can simply say, “Thank you for the invitation but I don’t want to go.” and that should suffice.
5. You should join clubs! Clubs are a really, really good way to branch out and meet new people and they give you the opportunity to try new things. Unfortunately, I waited until senior year to join clubs and I regret it because it’s been so much fun. I’ve gotten to go to really cool events and to take part in school functions through those clubs and it’s been a really enriching experience. I think everyone should try to join at least one club and go for the ones that you are interested in. Don’t hold off on joining just because your friends don’t want to. Make your own decision on the club and have fun!
6. You should definitely try to go to school events. Schools are likely to host sporting events, community interaction nights, plays and musicals, science fairs, etc. I encourage you to go to them! These events are held to showcase talents and to allow the people of the community to come together and have a good time! Honestly, even if you don’t like sports or you aren’t into drama performances, you should still get a few friends or family members and go! You’ll most likely end up having a great time and gaining exposure to things you would never have thought you would enjoy!
7. Doing community service is a good experience! Not only is community service good for college applications, it’s also a great way to meet new people and to positively impact your community. Community service is so interesting and it’s such a wonderful thing to take part in. Find a few places and volunteer there! You’ll see how much you learn and how much you enjoy it!
8. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. EVER. Okay this one is pretty self explanatory. But I’m so serious, even for the people who firmly believe they can finish a huge project the night before it’s due or finish an assignment before class starts, DON’T PROCRASTINATE. Your quality of work matters a lot, make sure you give yourself enough time to produce your best work.
9. Staying organized is super important. A lot of high school involves being bombarded with test dates and event dates and due dates, you’re bound to forget something. Keeping a planner or a calendar or even just scheduling everything on your phone using reminder apps can help keep you on top of dates.
10. Make the most of it!! A lot of people are going to tell you that high school is a really great 4 years and that you’re going to have so much fun. While a lot of other people are going to argue that that isn’t true, I believe high school is what you make of it. Try to have fun and keep your grades up. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you mess up a few times along the way. Before you know it, high school will be over and you’ll be taking the next step to your future so enjoy it while it lasts!