High School Reflection

In the past two weeks, I’ve finished all of my finals and completed my Senior Year. I’ve attended countless awards ceremonies, my baccalaureate, and now I have less then a week until I walk across that stage and receive my diploma. I had a less then traditional high school experience. I dual enrolled after my Sophomore Year and graduated with my AA before I’ve gotten my high school diploma. However, I’ve decided that I needed to write about the countless things I’ve learned.

1.  You will lose some of your friends from middle school. But don’t let that scare you, the one’s who were meant to stay in your life will and you will gain countless other people in this span of four years. My best friend from middle school is still my best friend today (shout-out to you, Maddie!)  I’ve lost some friends and I’ve just drifted from some people that at one point. I couldn’t imagine my life without. But that’s something that’s going to happen and it’s totally okay.

2.  Join Clubs. I can’t stress this enough. Please don’t be one of those people who skim through High School and don’t try to get involved with community events and community service. I didn’t join a single club until the end of my sophomore year and boy do I regret it! I wish I could go back and join more clubs and get more involved with some of the community service projects.

3.  Take School Seriously. This one is obvious. I had a 4.0 at the end of my freshman year and ended up with a 3.2 at the end of my sophomore year because I fooled around and focused on other things. Your grades are so important. Take a challenging class. Study for those AP exams, the ACT, and the SAT. These tests are time consuming and may make you question your sanity, but they’re worth it when they are over. I am getting money for college because of how high my ACT score was. You have to learn to accept that you will miss out on events because you need to study, but it’s always worth it in the long run.

4. Those kids who party are not that ‘cool’. I know the world of alcohol and drugs is so tempting and it’s easy to fall under it. But half of the time it’s just asking for trouble. If you do go out, limit yourself. It’s not cool to be the girl who is out every night and is always wasted. I personally believe that every teenager is going to go out at least once, but you have to learn your limits.

5. Don’t let people walk all over you. If I could write this out a thousand more times I would. There are going to be people who are older, or even in your grade who want to hurt you. You have to learn that these people can be disguised as your friends or just girls who have it out for you. Don’t let them get the best of you. I promise none of this is going to matter in 10 years. Stand up for yourself.

These were my 5 very long tips. I have had my ups and downs of high school and I can’t say that my high school experience was the best, but it was something that taught me more then any life experience ever could. It’s a bittersweet finally moving onto college and leaving high school and hopefully 98% of the people behind, but I’m extremely ready for it.