As I’m finishing up my four years of high school, I’ve slowly began to realize how much that I changed during this short period. These four years totally changed me for the better and I’m so happy to say that I am no longer the timid, confused freshman that I once was a few years back. However, here are just a few things I wish I knew before beginning the best four years of my life (so far)....
Your middle school friends are not going to be your best friends forever.
Yes, I know it sounds sad, but it is true! I tried so hard my freshman year to stick to my middle school friends and not branch out to meet others, because that’s what they were doing. However, I realized that there are so many more people at my high school that I had not even met yet. By my junior and senior years, I am happy to say that I was able to gain the confidence to branch out and find some of my best friends by doing so.
Do what makes you happy!
There were ample opportunities throughout high school that I did not take up until my junior and senior years because I was afraid of what other people might think about me. I was worried about joining clubs and organizations because I did not know anyone in them and did not want to be judged for what I joined. However, I learned that at the end of the day, the only person that you’re trying to make happy is yourself. You should join clubs, play sports, and take classes that make you (and I mean you!) happy.
Don’t stress too hard about grades/college.
Easier said than done, right? But in all seriousness, don’t take than all nighter studying for your chemistry exam, or refuse to hang out with any of your friends because of that huge history paper. Grades do matter, but it’s not the end of the world if you get that one B- on a project or test. I’m not saying to slack off, but make sure to leave some time for fun and breaks, while also working hard in school. Try your best, stick to good study habits (aka do not procrastinate), have fun, and you’ll end up right where you’re supposed to be post high school!
High school is seriously the best.Football games, school dances, assemblies, amazing teachers, endless clubs, and great friends have been a part of some of my best memories of high school. Not to mention having my own room, bathroom, and home cooked food daily that will not be following me to college next year. You make your longtime friends in high school, find out what you like to do, and have so much time to spend with your friends and family, making high school some of the best years ever. Spend it wisely!