The 12 Most Valuable Things I Learned In High School

After spending the last four years of my life in the big scary world known as high school, I picked up a few tips and tricks to get by. Know that there really isn’t anything to be scared about and it’s not like Glee or Degrassi. Here, I am going to give my my inside tricks on what really matters in high school.

12. It’s only the best four years of your life if you let it be. Accept every challenge you are faced with, with a smile and the next four years will be the best yet. Join clubs or sports teams, or audition for a musical. Do what will make you happy and I promise you it will make your high school experience ten times better than what you would get without doing anything.

11. Mean girls are just that; mean girls. No matter what high school you go to there will be at least one mean girl, guaranteed. I know it is hard to stay away from it, but brush off the cruel words and don’t let them get to you.

10. No matter how “cool” you are, go to school events. This allows you to really connect with your classmates and feel like a whole. It also allows you to have things to look forward to. When you have been cramming for three midterms, its nice to have a break by dressing up in your school colours and cheering alongside at the football game.

9. Social Media isn’t your diary. I know everyone is guilty of this at one time or another. If you get into a fight with your best friend and you just need to get it out, write it down on paper or call the person and talk to them. It is a much better alternative than saying things you don’t mean on social media where all the world can see. Everyone has enough drama to deal with; they don’t want to have to deal with yours as well.

8. Always take care of yourself. It doesn’t matter what’s because an upset stomach should have the same amount of attention as an anxiety attack. If you’re not well, you should put that first. Don’t worry about letting others down or canceling plans. No matter what anyone says, high school can be extremely stressful and if you don’t take care of yourself when you first don’t feel well it will just get worse. Whatever the situation make sure you pay attention to your own health above anything else.

7. It’s okay to stay in. When all of your friends are going out to a party on Saturday night and you just aren’t feeling it, it is okay to say no. Sometimes you’ll feel like you need to please your friends and go out, but if they are true friends, they will understand if you would rather just sit in bed with some popcorn and watch Netflix. Also, you’re young; you’ll have plenty of time once you’re actually of age to go out and have fun with your friends.

6. It’s also okay to go out. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with going out on a Saturday night either. Go, have fun! But just remember, the hangover the next morning is never as fun as the drinking the night before. So if you do choose to go out, just know your limits and be safe.

5. Mom really does know everything. When your mom tells you she doesn’t trust one of the new girls you’ve been hanging out with or that she isn’t sure about a boy you brought home, listen to her. She is always right. Everyone has to learn lessons on their own, but if you listen to your mom when she tells you a boy isn’t right for you, you probably could save yourself a lot of time.

4. People won’t like you. The thing you have to remember is, that’s okay. No matter where you go in life there will be people who don’t like you and they will have no reason to but it just happens. Don’t take offense to it and don’t let it consume you. There be more people who like you than who don’t.

3. Procrastination happens to the best of us. No matter how hard you try to fight the urge to procrastinate and get your work done, procrastination happens. And I wish I could give you some great advice.

2. Friends are important. One of the best things in high school is having a good group of friends you can surround yourself with. Don’t think that having friends will have a negative impact on your grades. Honestly they could help. Having a support system you can go to when you need something is what friends are for. If you’re up late finishing a report, you can always count on someone to bring you a Big Mac at 11 p.m

1. This is the time to find yourself. Join a team. Make mistakes. Go out on a date or even two. Just have fun. High school is a time where you don’t have to worry about grown up responsibilities but you’re also old enough to do what you want. So do what makes you happy and figure out who you really are.

Katelyn Hiltz is a first year public relations student at Humber College.

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