Chapter 14: 25 Tips for High Schoolers (Everyone)
Hey friend. So, I was supposed to help lead the Marist Encounter this weekend, right? Right. Now, because circumstances were they way they were, Encounter did not happen. Now, I don't want this momentum I've built up to change some lives to go to waste. So, I've delved into the archives of my notes app & found something I wrote entitled "100 Things I Learned in High School". Because Encounter is tailored for Juniors/Seniors in high school, this could work. But, since this blog is tailored to everyone, I'm going to revise a little to apply to everyone. Also, because I know you have a life, I'll do this in parts. With that said, here's my attempt to change your life:
These four years (who you are today) will shape who you're going to be for the rest of your life (tomorrow).
Time management. Learn about it. It'll save you.
Think of "Procrastination" & "Productiveness" as the devil & angel sitting on your shoulders. Go from there.
Middle School and High School are TWO DIFFERENT PLACES. Don't treat high school like your "middle school part two". (Stop reliving your past so much that you forget to bask in the sunshine of today.)
8th grade (In the past), you were kings. Freshman year (right now), you're no longer kings. Keep proving yourself!
High school (LIFE) is not like what you saw on TV. Don't be fooled or disappointed.
It's okay to be excited to start high school (something new). We've all been there. & It's equally okay to be scared. We've all been there.
The transition from middle school to high school (one stage of life to another) is one hell of an adjustment.
Your friends from middle school (back in the day) are guaranteed to change or leave your life. You'll be okay.
All the drama from middle school (yesterday) stayed in middle school (yesterday). We don't want your bad blood in September (today/tomorrow).
Your teachers (new people that enter your life) don't care who you were before if you made the effort to change. It's now that counts.
Freshman year will be your hardest & easiest year all at once. (This time in your life will be the hardest/easiest time of your life.)
Your schoolwork may be hard AT THE TIME, but sooner or later, you'll be wishing for that "hard" work. (Your problems now are going to look so ridiculous later.)
Get your GPA up early in the game. The world is your oyster in freshman year. (MAKE MOVES RIGHT NOW!)
Literally everything is handed to you freshman year. You just gotta know where to look & stick your hand out. (When you're young, things are easy. Don't grow up too fast. It's a trap!)
No one wants to be in school as much you do. Don't make it worse for others. (Don't make life worse for anyone else. It's already hard as it is.)
Being disrespectful to others won't give you leverage or respect at all.
Upperclassmen (Everyone) deserves your respect. We've been through enough the past few years.
As much as you don't want to be there, your teachers feel it 20× worse. (Life is hard for everyone. Help others.)
Believe it or not, sleeping in class hurts teachers' feelings. Try hard not to...but if so, be slick w/ it. (Listen to people when they talk about their feelings.)
Don't try so hard to look pretty. This is the age of acne & ugliness. We don't expect fashion shows in the hallway. (Everyone is ugly in their own way.)
Make it easy on yourself. Tell the truth. Even if its bad.
Open up. As much as you may be scared to, the person next to you is too.
It's cool to care about your schoolwork. (It's cool to be passionate about things.)
It (Life) goes quick. I really can't stress that enough.
Sincerely Yours Sometimes,
PS: SONG OF THE WEEK: Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
(Every time I post, I will include a song that may or may not correlate with the topic I write about. This is me thanking you for reading my posts by gifting you with good music.)