Welcome back to school everyone! For those just starting high school, or for those who have been there before, I have compiled a list a little pieces of advice that will make your life a lot easier in this upcoming year. It is written from experience and includes all the thing I did well in high school, alongside the things I wish I did better. So lets get started.
Have fun. This one is kind of a universal truth about high school. Academics are important, but to be completely honest, balancing a social life an activity and homework is not as terribly difficult as it seems. If you find yourself constantly feeling stressed and overworked don't blame the school system, just take a long hard look at how you're working. If you're constantly procrastinating, leaving things to the last minute, or working with distractions, thats probably the reason why you're constantly finding yourself swamped with work with no time left to have fun. And trust me, at the end of your four years a grade won't really matter, but the time you spent with your peers will.
Leave your friends if they're being mean. I feel like I've talked about this concept before, because its a very good rule to live by, but one that is also really tough to follow. If you find yourself spending more time pissed off at your friend than you do enjoying their company, either ask them what's going on, or get out of the friendship. Meet someone new. Don't waste time being unhappy.
Don't feel pressured to go to the dances and the sports games. If you bleed your school colors and live in spirit gear, than go and have the time of your life supporting your school in any endeavor they undertake. But if you're just not that into school dances and basketball, don't feel pressured to go. The movies got it wrong when they showed the entire school, including people from every clique and every social circle, showing up at the sporting events. If you don't like soccer, don't watch the soccer games. They aren't going to be the pinnacle of your high school experience, and neither are the dances.
Your parents aren't as strict as you thought they were. Especially once you get your licence. If you're at a friends house and the party is going strong and isn't ever going to stop, call your mom and ask if you can stay out later, because there is a likely chance that she will say yes. Your parents might say no, and then oh well, but if you want to stay out later, or hang out after school, or spend the night at a friend's house, don't hesitate to ask. It seems like a lot of kids are almost afraid of their parents, but honestly you don't know what they're going to say until you ask them. And most of the times, parents really relax about any rules they put on you in middle school since you know, you're now older and therefore wiser. So ask. Party. Live.
Offer to drive. If you've got a car and a licence offer to drive the carpool when a group of your friends wants to go somewhere. Especially offer to drive if there's one person in your friend group that is constantly stuck driving. I was that friend, and it would've been nice to have a weekend off and not have to drive everybody around all the time.
Relax, this really isn't that big of a deal. I can say that now that I am officially graduated and about to head off into college. My grades got me into a nice school that I am excited to go to. And now they will never be seen or mentioned ever again for as long as I live. My marching career came to an end and nothing came out of it. The people I fought with are moving to a different state. The teacher I thought hated me I will never see again. So feel free to take a deep breath and relax, because as cheesy as it sounds, being yourself is going to be the best thing you can do in high school, and is going to be the easiest way to ensure you're having a good time.
Good luck in your studies, whatever that may look like! And follow our instagram, because Little Egg and I are heading off to college soon and things are about to get real crazy, and you're gonna want to be there.
P.S. The two pictures were both taken at my very own high school and they are my favorites, being the behavioral rules for 50s youth are so funny and the message written on the bathroom was very poetic and I've been waiting for the moment to use it for something.
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