Time waits for no one, so making the best out of high school is pivotal. I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that I am officially done with high school. It feels like just yesterday I started.
For incoming freshmen or high schoolers, I know you are probably very nervous and have a lot of questions. Well, do not worry, because I will be sharing some of my best advice to make the most out of your high school journey. I will also be starting a series called, ‘High School Series,’ as you probably guessed by the title. The posts in this series will centre around high school and include topics such as advice giving, studying, friends etc.
Join a variety of clubs and find your passion.
Making new friends is hard, especially if you enter from different schools. Joining clubs will help you to connect with others who share similar passions as you. DO NOT JOIN MORE THAN YOU CAN MANAGE. THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT SEMESTER.
Do not create unnecessary drama with others.
Starting drama is not only immature but can distract you from the things that actually matter. Do not get caught up in other people’s lives. Focus on your own and if someone tries to start drama with you, ignore them or report it if it gets serious.
Focus on your studies, but do not sacrifice your social life nor your health.
High school is important, most people know that. But some people forget that it should not consume your entire life. It can be bad and even dangerous for your health. Learn how to keep your life balanced between school, social activities, clubs and of course time for yourself a.k.a. relaxation.
Take harder classes to challenge yourself if the classes you’re doing are a breeze for you.
You do not want finish high school asking what could have been. If you are taking an English class that is as easy as saying the alphabet; try going up one more by taking honours then maybe even AP/dual enrollment/AICE etc. (Click the link if you want to learn more about dual enrollment).
Consult with your guidance counsellor.
They are there to help you achieve your educational goals. Consulting with them and making it clear from day one, what you want is the best way to go. It makes it especially easier for them to write a good recommendation for you when college comes along. Do not avoid them.
Try finding an enjoyable sport, instrument and/or activity that you can participate outside of school.
I think this is very important because you can take part in an activity that is not centred around the school. It helps to keep your school life and personal life balanced.
Remember that your parents/guardians were once your age.
The situations you may encounter; they have probably experienced something similar. I know it might seem daunting to tell adults about the problems you you have at school, but they can help in one way or the other.
Do not give into peer pressure. Participate in activities you feel comfortable doing and you believe will benefit you in the long run.
Probably the most important advice I can give. DO NOT GIVE INTO PEER PRESSURE! If you know that what you’re going to/doing is wrong, stop and walk away. I know it is easier said than done, but only you have the willpower to accomplish what you want.
Always be prepared for the unexpected.
Every high school is different. One thing that is common trait is that there will always be something unexpected happening like a pop quiz, a teacher quitting, the fire alarm going off, etc. Don’t freak out. Take a deep breath and say to yourself, “I will try my hardest to function in any situation.”
Be you and enjoy the journey that will be filled with doubt, tears, happiness, hard work and success.
Just take a deep breath and enjoy your life. Before you know it, you will be graduating and wondering where all the time went.
Good luck to every freshman out there and remember to live life to the fullest!
Thank you so much for reading. If you have any advice you would like to share, leave them in the comments and let me know your thoughts on mine.