Although I am dreading it, back-to-school is slowly creeping up on us. While I still have a few more summer posts planned for you, I decided to begin my school theme early this year. So, here is a list of ten things I wish I knew before high school:
- It’s okay to fail: You might have a test, or a grade, or maybe even an entire class that you fail and that is okay. Before high school, I never accepted failure. Now, I know that earning the occasional poor grade won’t determine my entire future.
- You don’t have to be part of a group: I haven’t been part of a clique during high school at all. I always sort of floated among different people and I’ve come to prefer that. The group dynamic isn’t for everyone.
- Don’t overbook yourself: It’s fair to say that I took on way too much during high school. Pick a few challenging classes and extracurriculars to keep you busy; you don’t need to do them all.
- Ask questions: You are in school to learn. If you don’t understand something, ask for help. You’re not expected to know everything right away.
- Have school spirit: You only get to be in high school once, so go to sporting events, dances, and other school functions. Even though you might not expect to have fun, it is important to enjoy this time of your life with your peers.
- Work hard and you will be rewarded: Toward the end of high school, you will start to be recognized for your hard work via awards, scholarships, and accolades. Even though it might be grueling going to practice each day, it pays off to work hard.
- Take a break sometimes: I spent most of junior year so buried in my school work that I forgot to have fun. Staying in and studying 24/7 makes you weird. Go out and socialize every once in a while…even on school nights.
- It’s okay to quit: I have quit jobs, activities, and classes in high school that I absolutely hated. If something is optional and does not bring you joy, it’s okay to quit. It’s not giving up, it’s having enough self-respect to walk away.
- Scores aren’t everything: I went through a phase when I was obsessed with raising my SAT and ACT scores. While you should try to do well on those tests, your scores aren’t the only thing colleges look at- in fact, some colleges don’t even require test scores!
- If you don’t know about your future, that’s normal: A lot of high school students think they should have it all figured out: their college, their major, their career…but the truth is, most people don’t figure any of that out right away. It takes time to learn who you are. Don’t be overwhelmed by your decisions. When the time is right, everything will fall into place.
Thanks for reading!
Featured Image: Kent State University; iPhone 6s camera.