The movies were wrong. High school is not going to be the best time of your life.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean you can’t still carry great memories and friends with you for the rest of your life. It is such an important time of growth for everyone, and yeah, sometimes it may feel like forever even though it’s only four short years of your life.
This is a testament to those who are about to graduate, or have graduated.
For those of you about to go into, or are in the middle of it, this is for you.
Here we go.
- First and foremost, stop worrying about popularity.
Despite how many great friends you may have, it’s not uncommon to want to fit in with the “elite” according to high school standards. I promise you, your popularity status won’t do anything for you after these four years are done, so don’t go out of your way to earn a temporary label. Especially if you push away or lose great friends because of it.
2. If you don’t know what you want to do with your life, that’s okay.
Seriously, seniors graduate without knowing what they want to do. People go to college without knowing what they want to do! It is important to try lots of different activities though, to find what you do like. And always remember, it’s 100% possible to make a career out of a hobby.
3. Getting perfect grades, every time.
It can be so toxic to always expect your work to be 10/10 flawless all of the time. You really do learn from your mistakes. Even though a D might look bad on that quiz that you tried your hardest to understand but couldn’t, there’s always next time and truly hundreds more quizzes to get an A on.
4. Why Chad doesn’t like you back.
Believe me, if he doesn’t like you, then he is so not worth your time. Plus, if you had to beg someone to like you, how fulfilling would that relationship really be? Especially if you end up not having a single relationship in high school, that does not indicate that you will be alone forever. There are so many wonderful people out there in the world that are bound to fall in love with you, and God already has a soulmate in mind for you.
5. Not having a huge circle of friends.
By the end of senior year especially, you may only have a few close friends. And you know what? That’s okay! Wouldn’t you rather have two trustworthy friends who have been with you through it all instead of a huge group of friends who only like you for what you can do for them? Exactly. However, make sure to never confuse this with a clique.
6. Having the same opinions as everyone else.
Wow, isn’t high school known for this? If you want to know the secret to being cool, always stay 100% authentic. Besides, those people who always think and act the same as everyone else to fit in are boring. Never apologize for being your true self, those who recognize your greatness are the only ones worthy of it.
The list could go on and on, because a lot truly does happen in four years. Just know that if you’re going through a rough time, you will get through it. You are young and you have so much ahead of you. For those of who have made it through, congrats! I told you it doesn’t last forever!
Want more tips for being on top of your game as a teen? Check out last week’s post.