High school is a pivotal point in most people’s lives. Begun while still a child, by its end we are young adults.
Several changes take place during the time in between. Critical changes with many opportunities for things to go wrong. Luckily, the guidance of prior graduates can help others along the way.
Find out how to avoid the mistakes and blunders others have made with advice from those who’ve been there and done that in these articles of neochoix, Things I Wish I Knew in High School.
First and foremost, you must take your education seriously. To be accepted by a college, while your junior high grades will not matter, your high school ones definitely will.
If academics have not been your strength in the past, figure out what to do to change this and improve. At the same time, realize that a grade is just that, one grade.
Always try your best, but don’t panic over a single score. You will have many assignments over the course of the year, so there will be more than one chance to turn things around. In the meantime, take the opportunity to look over your mistakes.
By figuring out what you got wrong and why, you won’t repeat them again in the future. View a poor performance as an opportunity to learn and as motivation to try even harder.
Don’t give up.
Remember that you are responsible for every decision you make. As you grow older you will be making more and more of them on your own. Choose the right ones.
It can be tempting to throw caution to the wind and abandon all responsibility, but this will only come back to haunt you.
It is simply a matter of time.
Always try your hardest in school and don’t be foolish or take unnecessary risks. With freedom comes responsibility.
You will be held accountable for your actions. You will also be expected to find a way to balance your life. There are so many things you’ll want to do and only a limited time in which to do them.
Don’t underestimate the value of time management or you’ll quickly be in over your head. Make a schedule, and come up with a plan. You must find time for your school work and for your extracurriculars.
You’ll need to fit in with your family and friends as well. Finally, time must be spent on your own self-care and wellbeing. It won’t be easy to tackle them all, but each is critical to your happiness.
Don’t forget the importance of taking care of yourself. At this point in your life you are growing by leaps and bounds. You need good quality nutrition and you need sleep.
Both are critical so that your body can function and you remain healthy and well. And don’t forget to drink water. Lots and lots of water. Avoid excess sugar, all processed snacks, and too much caffeine.
Instead, eat real food that looks like it came out of the ground, off of a tree, or from an animal. And if you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it.
Believe in yourself.
When you figure out what it is you want in life, go about getting it. People will say that it’s too hard; prove them wrong. Try your best, don’t give up, and work towards each step of that goal to succeed were those who were less committed have failed.
Some may say you lack the talent. Practice, rest, repeat. You can and will achieve your dreams or something very close to them with a positive mindset and the belief that while you aren’t quite there yet, it is only a matter of time.
You’ll get there eventually. And even in the circumstances when you don’t, you’ll have enjoyed the experience and developed useful skills.
Try hard, but don’t try to be perfect. Perfection is impossible. Practice high and positive expectations, but also realize that you are human. When you find yourself struggling, recognize that you may be having a bad day, but that’s just today.
Tomorrow will be a fresh start with unlimited opportunity and the potential to do better. Keep perspective and try not to dwell on the things that don’t go your way. It likely won’t matter as much next week or at all the following month and you will have forgotten it completely not long after that.
Focus on what’s important, such as making real and supportive friends. Don’t sell yourself short, you deserve to be treated well.
If someone is unkind, don’t keep giving them second chances. The only thing this will bring you is misery.
Hanging out with someone who won’t treat you well is just handing them the power and the opportunity to do it again.
Don’t hope they’ll change, they won’t. Don’t think they care, they don’t. Just walk away and don’t look back. That said, it’s important to forgive. After all, holding on to bitterness, anger, or resentment only hurts you, no one else.
The other person will be just fine. Don’t give someone the ability to make you miserable, whether for a minute, for an hour, or for a day by thinking about things they have done.
While you cannot control their actions, you are in charge of your reaction. Choose to do nothing, and choose not to care. Above all else, don’t seek revenge. Hurting someone else to get back at them for hurting you only makes you just as bad as they are.
Choose to rise above.
Also choose to remain true to yourself and don’t change for the benefit of others. It will get exhausting pretending to be someone you’re not.
Know that in the whole of the entire world, there is only one you. Be you, and own it. Practice self-love.
High school is often a time when people try to fit in and disguise how they’re different from the others around them. Those differences make you who you are and that’s a good thing.
Develop some confidence.
While you embrace what makes you unique, don’t compare yourself to others. You are in competition only with yourself.
Strive to be better than you were, not better than someone else. The focus should not be on what you have less of or don’t do as well. Instead, you should concentrate on your strengths and how far you’ve come.
Above all, be nice and do what’s right.
High school can be rough.
There are many changes students go through physically and emotionally that can lead to both insecurity and self-doubt.
Be a friend to others.
Stand for what is right and lend a helping hand to those in need. Be someone’s hero. People who are kind have the opportunity to positively influence lives forever.
What kind of impact do you want to have on those around you?
Act accordingly. You made it all this way and now you are wondering, well I wish I knew how to make some money in High school.