High school is supposed to be the best times of our lives. It’s supposed to be fun and rewarding. Everyone was told to cherish their time in high school because we’ll miss it when we grow older. It’s been almost three years since I graduated high school, and I’m not as old as the others who were telling us to cherish high school, but I did learn a few things about it that make me miss it and thank the stars that it’s over.
Not everyone is your friend.
People can dislike others for no logical reason whatsoever. They could not like you just because of the way you dress, the way you look, or even because you did something that one time that they didn’t seem to like.
You don’t need to please anyone.
This is high school. Some of the people you went to school with won’t even remember you a few years down the road. Stop trying to please them or make them like you. High school will be a little bit more tolerable once you decide to stop trying to please everyone.
Gain as much experience as you can.
Volunteering was the best experience I ever got out of high school, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Beside the required hours, go beyond that; volunteer as much as possible. Bring your friends with you or gain new ones. Plus, volunteering looks good on your resume.
Befriend your teachers.
Some teachers are friendly, some are not. Befriend the ones that are! Not that this makes you a “teacher’s pet”–it’s actually useful and nice to just talk to them. Have them share experiences and stories, and they may even gossip about other teachers. They’ll be valuable to you and you could even use them as references down the road when needed.
Don’t care what others think of you.
This was the best thing I ever learned in high school. Halfway through high school, I figured out that the people you go to school with don’t matter. They don’t define you. They won’t dictate how you live your life. Once you stop caring about what they think, everything becomes more enjoyable. You do you!
News travels fast.
Everyone talks. What happens one night between two people will then become the topic next morning at school. People like to talk, they like to share, and they want everything out in the open. If one person vents to another, that one will vent to another and so on. Everyone will know and be talking about it the following day.
Everyone likes drama and thrives off it.
Everyone in high school loves to hear drama, while others like to start the drama. There’s always something going on and everyone knows about it. Everyone also likes to keep on top of it to make sure they’re always in “the loop” when it comes to others.
I’m not saying high school is bad, there are good times and bad times just like any time in our lives. It’s a learning experience; everyone learns differently and different things.
What did you learn in high school that will stick with you the rest of your life?