10 things I have learned since graduating high school

  1. Don’t rush it

High school may only be four years of your life, but the things you experience there you won’t get anywhere else. Enjoy the good memories as they come and learn from the bad ones. Once you walk across that stage, your life is totally changed and you don’t want to leave having missed out on anything, whether that is prom or Friday night football games.


2. How hard you try really does matter

Not everyone in high school is on the same path, and that’s okay. Just make sure whatever path you want to take, you work your hardest at it, because what you make of these crucial four years will set you up for that. The more work you put in, the better it will feel when you achieve it.


3. Make as many friends as you can

In middle school we all had one clique we stuck to, but high school is different. Graduation day, my heart was so warmed by seeing all of my friends walk across the stage and grab their diploma. Don’t limit yourself to one group, because people can surprise you.


4. Become friends with your teachers

While you are leaving high school, these amazing people are left behind to prepare the next group of students for what you are experiencing right now. Getting to know them shows you care and that the hard work they put into their job will not be forgotten. If you have ever seen a teacher’s face when one of their old students comes back to visit then you know how much it means to them. So even if you are more than ready to race out of high school, don’t forget to look back and thank the people that have helped you get there.

5. Get involved

Do sports, join a club, run for a position in student council. You are here for four years, you might as well make your mark. My high school experience would not be the same had I not ran cross country. Through this I have made so many friends and learned so many lessons. However, you don’t have to be the most athletic person or the student council president to make a difference; sometimes the strongest leadership is the quietist. Beyond that, attend every event you can because you won’t ever get this experience again.



6. It is okay to let go of people who bring you down

Letting go of unhealthy relationships is one of the most important things you can do for yourself because it shows you know how you deserve to be treated. You deserve people who want to help you become the best version of yourself you can possibly be.



7. You should dress however you want to dress

My mama always taught me, “how you dress is how you present yourself to the world” and there could not be a truer statement. How you dress is what is most comfortable to you. Don’t try to fit in with everybody else and don’t feel limited to certain trends. Also, sweatpants and athletic gear are more than acceptable on certain occasions (sorry mom),  no one is going to judge you because you didn’t feel like going the full nine yards that day.


8. Eat breakfast every day

Nothing is worse than sitting through class after class waiting for lunch. You won’t be able to truly focus on economics when you’re stomach is grumbling I promise.

9. Fun classes are just as important as hard classes

One of the best classes I ever took was Forensic Science. Am I ever going to be a cop? No. But I now have a new set of knowledge in something that I truly do find fascinating. Also, going back to number four of this article, I became such good friends with my teacher that we would just sit and talk when we had nothing else better to do.

10. Listen to other people’s opinions

Starting from your childhood, people have been telling you a certain way to believe, it gets worse in high school and escalates even further in college. Before you shut down another person’s belief, listen to it. Assess what they’ve been through and why they may feel that way and form your own opinions being fully openminded and informed. It is okay to disagree, but it is not okay to completely shut someone down because they have a different opinion than you do.

Whether you realize it or not, you’re going to miss high school in some way, shape or form; so make the most of these four years and don’t forget to look back every once in awhile.





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